John McAleer – Co Antrim

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John McAleer – Co Antrim

John McAleer from Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Antrim is the oldest member of the team and he will be competing in the 70-79 years age category in the following events:
  • Golf Singles
  • Golf Team

John, a kidney transplant recipient, is a retired  lecturer and former head of department at the University of Ulster. This will be his fifth outing with Transplant Team Ireland. Twice before he competed while on dialysis in Dublin (Ireland) and Zagreb (Croatia) and as a transplant recipient he competed in Krakow (Poland) and Vantaa (Finland). These events were European Transplant and Dialysis Games. This will be his first visit to the World Transplant Games. In previous European Games he has won medals and hopes to be successful again in Malaga.

Just a year after the 2012 European Games in Croatia, he was playing golf on his home course in Belfast when he received a call for his life changing kidney transplant at the City Hospital Belfast. The gift from a donor and the care and expertise of staff at the City Hospital, has made for fuller participation in sporting activities and he hopes to compete well in Malaga and be successful again.

John originally hails from Co. Tyrone and was a former student at Saint Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon. He is married to Brigid and they have three adult children. Brigid will accompany him to Malaga.