Lenny Ryan who has undergone two kidney transplants lives in Tallaght, Dublin with his father Mick. Lenny has represented Transplant Team Ireland seven times before as both a dialysis patient and a transplant recipient.
Lenny will be competing at this year’s World Transplant Games in the 30-39 years age category in the following events:
- Darts Triple (partnering Mike Keohane and Charlie Ryan)
- Petanque Singles
- 10 Pin Bowling Singles
Lenny has taken part in three previous World Transplant Games events – Australia, Sweden and Spain; although he didn’t compete at the Games in South Africa he travelled there to support his team. He also competed in the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Dublin in 2010, Croatia 2012 and Finland in 2016 No stranger to the medals podium, Lenny won a Bronze medal for lawn bowls at the World Games in Australia and the European’s in Dublin in 2010, he won a Gold and a Silver medal for Petanque doubles and singles (respectively). At the European Games in Finland in 2016, he won a Silver medal in the Petanque singles event and he also won a Bronze medal in the 5km power walk event.
Lenny underwent two deceased donor kidney transplants. His first in May 2008 following a relatively short spell of dialysis treatment at the Beacon Hospital for eight months. He was delighted that his transplant restored good health and quality of life for four years until his kidney function began to decline again. He once again underwent dialysis treatment and this time for a year and a half. He received his second transplant in late December 2014.
‘It’s nice to be able to represent your country whether you are a dialysis patient or a transplant recipient. It’s a great tribute to donors and their families from around the world for their generosity that myself, my teammates and all the athletes from other competing countries are able to enjoy life and take part in sport.’
Being a member of Transplant Team Ireland we have a ‘fun, enjoyable time in the company of amazing people’ where you ‘make friends for life while getting fit and seeing the world and have lifelong memories of great games.’
Lenny works full time in The Irish Kidney Association.