A Homecoming Reception for Transplant & Dialysis Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home tomorrow, Sunday 24th June at approx. 3.15pm. All are welcome to attend to welcome our athletes home.

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SPEEDY IRISH WIN BIG ON PENULTIMATE DAY OF COMPETITION AT EUROPEAN TRANSPLANT GAMES IN SARDINIA

Transplant Team Ireland stormed their way to success in track and field events on the penultimate day of competition at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia. With 25 countries represented at the Games the Irish continued to show their athletics strength under scorching sun at the Riccardo Santoru Athletics Field winning a total of 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals today.

Adding to the haul of medals which the 23 strong Irish team has amassed so far at the week-long games, 8 more medals were won  today by kidney transplant recipients Ron Grainger (Dublin), Marie O’Connor (Clare), Pat O’Sullivan (Cork) and Orla Hogan (Tipperary), Kieran Murray (Donegal) and liver transplant recipient Mike Keohane (Cork). James Nolan (Kildare) and Emma O’Sullivan (Kilkenny/Limerick) put in excellent performances on the track narrowly missing out on medals in their respective races.

Ron Grainger from Castleknock, Dublin won a Gold medal for the 100m sprint event in his 60-69 year age category and Marie O’Connor won a Silver medal in her 50-59 age category for the 100m sprint. This came just a day after both of them winning Gold medals in Golf for their gross scores. Ron said after his race today, “I’m absolutely delighted to have been well enough to run here today. It’s been a tough year health-wise so to be well enough to compete and have the opportunity to honour my donor and their family is fantastic. Here I am fifteen years after my transplant and to be able to do these things at this point is truly amazing.”

Kilkenny native Emma O’Sullivan (age 40) who lives in Glin, Co Limerick just missed out on a medal coming fourth in the 100m sprint.

Pat O’Sullivan from Mallow, Cork won a Bronze medal in the 100m sprint event in his 50-59 year age category and later in the day picked up a second Bronze medal in the long jump event. Pat said, “I trained very hard up until Christmas and then I was injured so I haven’t got to do as much training as I would like so I am delighted with Bronze. I thought of my donor at the start line and the finish line. After the sprint I turned my focus to the Long Jump event and was delighted to win a Bronze medal in that event also.  A big thanks to my family for all of their support, and a special thanks to Mallow AC and Mallow GAA for providing facilities for me to train in.”

In addition to her three medals which she won earlier in the week in Darts, Pétanque and Golf, this morning the unstoppable Marie O’Connor from Lahinch, Co Clare sped her way to winning a Silver medal in the 100m sprint event in the 50-59 year age category.  Marie who has undergone two kidney transplants said, “I’m over the moon. Gold went to a lady from the UK and in third place was an Italian athlete. I was thrilled to get the Silver medal as the Italian lady had beaten me last year at the World Championships. My most important accolade is always my donor and this medal is the second prize. A big thank you to the team for their support. It’s great to meet all the other teams again, old friends and new”.

In another sporting discipline also held in the Riccardo Santoru Athletics Field, two of the Irish team won medals in their 3km and 5km Power Walks. Orla Hogan from Nenagh won her third medal, a Silver, at the week-long games today when she surprised herself in coming second in the 3km Power Walk. Earlier in the week Orla won a Bronze in swimming in the 50m freestyle and yesterday won a bronze medal in the 10 pin bowling event.

Also winning a Bronze medal today in his 5km Power Walk event was Mike Keohane, from Roscarbery in Corkwho later in the day went on to win another Bronze in the Shot Putt.

Mike Keohane said after his 5km power walk, “Conditions were very warm. It was a tight race up to the last laps. The Spanish and Polish took Gold and Silver. I was pleased with my performance and I’m glad the training has paid off. A big thank you to my coach Rob Heffernan for his training. It has made a huge difference to my technique and performance. It’s my first competition at the Games so it’s great to get a medal.” Mike later went on to win a bronze in the Shot Putt event and is now preparing for his final two events, Javelin and Discus, which will take place on Saturday.

Orla Hogan said after her 3km power walk, “It was very hot which made it very difficult but I’m delighted to have completed it and getting a Silver medal is a brilliant shock. I’m thrilled to have three medals at this championship as well as having great fun.”

James Nolan, lost out on a medal today in the 400m race, however, the award-winning butcher from Kilcullen, won a Silver medal yesterday in Golf for his net score, he has attended 28 Games including British, German, American, World and European. He said, “I went out and really enjoyed the race today. My number one thought after an event is always my donor, my sister Catherine. I’m so delighted to be here with so many amazing people. The Irish team are incredible. The resistance, acceptance and determination that each and every one of them show against adversity is so inspirational and I’m honoured to be amongst it. My son Andrew graduated from pre-school this week and I was sad to miss it but I was so proud and I’m delighted to be here. Attending the Games is a great motivation to stay fit and healthy.”

Taking part in a longer distance race at the Riccardo Santoru stadium today was Donegal Man Kieran Murray from Ramelton who competed in the 1500m race where he beat stiff competition to win a well-deserved Silver medal. Kieran said, I’m delighted to win Silver in a very tough and tactical 1500m race and Gold was won by a Finnish man. This is the first Silver I have won at the championships so it’s great to have a full set this year having won Gold and Bronze previously this week for Golf and the 5km race.”

At another venue, Joy Village in Cagliari, today some members of the team competed in 10-pin bowling doubles events. While the teams put in great performances, there were no medals secured at this event. Those competing in the Bowling doubles events included Team Captain Harry Ward (Baldoyle) and other Dubliners Paul Prendergast (Santry), Aoife Murray (Clonsilla) and Chikoyo White (Balbriggan) as well as Stephen Byrne (from Tralee) and Finian Farrell (Mullingar).

Stephen Byrne (Tralee, Kerry) who was paired with Dubliner Paul Prendergast said, “there was stiff competition from Greeks and Hungarians that were truly excellent players. I really enjoyed playing with Paul as my partner. He played very well. We worked very well as a team and we were unlucky as we finished fourth narrowly missing out on a bronze.”

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history includes Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are open to all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow transplant recipients as well as dialysis patients. The multi-sport event includes athletics, badminton, cycling, darts, golf, mini marathon, petanque, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ten pin bowling, virtual triathlon and the hosts have also added archery and surf-casting. Athletes are divided into six age groups (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). Swimming and track and field bring the sporting specialties total to 39.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm

 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it

Team Ireland Bowlers Strike Success

Today at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Cagliari the Irish team has won an impressive tally of 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals in Bowling.

The winner of the Silver medals in the Bowling Singles Event were Chikoyo White from Balbriggan and Aoife Murray, Clonsilla, Dublin. Chikoyo competed in the dialysis category along with Verina Borissova, from Tallaght, who was placed third and was rewarded with a Bronze medal.  Also winning Bronze medals today at Bowling were two transplant recipients Lenny Ryan, from Tallaght, Dublin and Orla Hogan from Nenagh, Co  Tipperary.

First to compete in Bowling today was kidney transplant recipient Lenny Ryan who took Bronze in the 30-39 years age category. Lenny faced off stiff competition from the Finnish and Great Britain athletes to come in third place and bowled an impressive four strikes in a row on his third round of Bowling. Following his success today Lenny said, “I’m thrilled with this medal. I was delighted to score four strikes and a split. Two Finnish players took Gold and Silver and they were very strong players”. Yesterday Lenny, won Silver in the Petanque event and tomorrow he will compete in Archery, his final event at the Games.

Bulgarian native Verina Borrisova, won the second Bronze for the Irish team at the Bowling singles event in the Female Dialysis category. This is Verina’s first time competing with Transplant Team Ireland where she has enjoyed considerable success. Adding to her Bronze which she won in Bowling today, Verina also won a Gold medal on Monday in the Darts singles event and yesterday she won a Bronze in Petanque.  Verina said, ” I’m having a really nice time here in Cagliari. Team Ireland are very nice and supportive and for me they are the best part of the Games. I have made a lot of friends and I’m getting an opportunity to improve my language skills by speaking to the other teams!”

Dialysis athlete Chikoyo White from Balbriggan won a Silver medal today at Bowlingher third medal at the games having already won a Silver in the Petanque singles and Bronze in Petanque doubles events which were held yesterday (Tuesday).  Chikoyo said, “I’m really enjoying myself here at the games in Sardinia. I’ve enjoyed the bowling today and am delighted to win silver in the event. Overall I’ve enjoyed the day. It was a rough pitch at my Petanque event yesterday but I really enjoyed that also. Aoife was a great partner to play with. The Irish team are enjoyable to be with this year and every year and they really support each other.”

Aoife Murray (Clonsilla, Dublin), a liver transplant recipient, competed in the Bowling this evening and 8pm and was thrilled to secure another Silver medal, she said, “I am absolutely delighted tonight. I really enjoyed the Game and to come away with a silver feels surreal. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my donor giving me the gift of life. Also, a special mention to my mam who has supported me all week and to team Ireland members Finaih, Stephen and the doctor Heather for cheering me on here tonight.”

Kidney transplant recipient Orla Hogan from Nenagh also is competing very well at the Games on the same month of her 10th anniversary of her 4th kidney transplant which she received from her donor brother Cathal. Today Orla won a bronze in Bowling following her winning a Bronze earlier in the week for the 50m freestyle swimming event. Orla’s final event at the games will be the 3km Power walk which will take place on Saturday.

Stephen Byrne from Tralee, Co Kerry competed in the 50-59 year age category in bowling with a fantastic score of 478 but lost out on a hard fought bronze medal. He said, “This is all for my donor. A big thank you to my wife Francisse, my children Jennifer and Ethan and the rest of my extended family for all their support. Of course a huge thank you to the team for their support also.”

Finian Farrell from Mullingar also put in a good performance in Bowling and said he really enjoyed the experience despite not winning a medal today and content with the Silver he won yesterday in the Petanque doubles event with Charlie Ryan.

Paul Prendergast, Dublin, was the final Team Ireland member to compete in the male categories. He put in a great performance against challenging opposition from a number of countries including Greece, Hungary and Italy. Paul will compete tomorrow in the Bowling Doubles Event with fellow Team Ireland athlete Stephen Byrne. 

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history will include Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm

 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it 

Transplant Team Ireland’s five golfers have swept the decks in Golf at Sardinia’s Cagliari Golf Course today winning 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals. 

Team Ireland Golfers achieved huge success at Cagliari Golf Club today securing a phenomenal 5 medals, 3 Gold and 2 Silver, with each athlete taking home a medal.

John McAleer, from Antrim, at age 80, is the oldest participant overall at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships out of 25 participating nations and was delighted to be rewarded for his golf round under the Italian sunshine with a Silver medal for his Net score. A day earlier, the retired university lecturer won a Bronze medal in the Petanque playing on the beautiful Poetta Beach. Following his day of Golf John said, “It was a long and hot day but while it was challenging, it was really most enjoyable and that was down to the very companionable golfers that I played alongside.”

Marie O’Connor, from Lahinch in Clare, the only female golfer on the Irish team, won Gold for her golf gross score. Earlier this week the two times kidney transplant recipient won two bronze medals for Petanque and in the Darts Triples event. Marie has secured Gold in Golf at every World and European Championships since she began competing with Team Ireland with the exception of the World Games in Argentina which she didn’t attend.

Marie was thrilled to take the Gold in the sport she loves, “It was very long and tough but it was brilliant. Golf is the sport I love and I am so grateful for the chance my donor has given me to do the things I love. This is my second chance at life and that is all down to my donor.”

Ron Grainger,  a retired Urologist, from Castleknock, Dublin and a transplant recipient, won Gold for his Golf Gross Score at his first event at the European Games this year.  Ron will also compete in the Long Jump, 100m sprint, 200m sprint and relay race over the coming days.

Father of three, Kieran Murray from Ramelton in Donegal, won Gold for his Golf Net score.  This was Kieran’s 3rd Gold in a Row at the Golf event at the European Championships, Kieran said, “I am delighted to be the undefeated champion! It was one of the toughest medals I ever earned due to the heat, the length of the day and the tough competition. As always I want to thank my donor, my family and friends for all their support in the lead up and during these Games.” Earlier in the week Kieran, who also trains with Milford AC, won a bronze medal in the 5km mini marathon event.

James Nolan, an award winning butcher from Kilcullen, dedicated his Silver medal for his Golf Net score to his sister Catherine who donated a kidney to him 31 years ago and also to his wife Emma and young son Andrew James. James said, “the heat out there was the biggest obstacle, it was intense heat but it was a lovely atmosphere. I am so grateful to my sister Catherine for giving me this opportunity and to Emma and Andrew James for their constant support. The week has been extremely enjoyable so far.”

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history includes Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm

 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com

New Team Ireland Doctor – Heather Gunning

Heather Gunning, a Renal Doctor working in Beaumont has joined the Team this year at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Cagliari, Italy. Heather, a Down native living in Dublin has been busy ensuring Team Ireland are staying fit and healthy while participating in the Championships.

Heather is really enjoying her first time with the team, she said, “It’s been a great experience so far, every member of the team is very inspirational. I often look after people when they’re sick so its lovely to see the other side of it and see transplant recipients and those on dialysis, who are fit and healthy enough to enjoy life to its fullest and participate in these competitive events.  It’s also lovely to see the relationships between everyone on the team. Team Ireland are like an extended family, the friendship and comradery between them is inspirational. These people have been through difficult times but they come through the other side laughing, smiling and having fun.”

Heather has not only been a great team addition from a medical perspective, she has also been a friendly and approachable addition to the team. Team Captain Harry Ward (Baldoyle) spoke of Heather’s affable nature, “she is extremely friendly and helpful, she really fits in with the team. She’s always vigilant to make sure everyone has their sun cream and medication, and looks out for each and every member of the team. She’s a brilliant addition to Team Ireland”.

Team Manager Colin White also spoke of Heather’s mix of professionalism and friendliness, “she has fitted into the team very well. She is a keen and enthusiastic support, always happy to attend events and cheer on Team Ireland as well as making sure the team stay healthy while in Italy.”

Team Ireland will return to Dublin on Sunday 24th of June at approx. 3.15pm. A homecoming reception will take place at Dublin airport arrivals hall (Terminal 1).

Tipp Triathlete Woman wins Gold and her teammates win further 11 medals on third day of European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Cagliari

A Tipperary woman has cycled her way to victory and won a Gold medal on the third day of events at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Sardinia in the 20km cycling event. Sheila Gregan, a kidney transplant recipient triathlete from Nenagh also won 2 Silver medals for the 5km race on Monday and in the 50m freestyle swimming event yesterday. 25 nations are competing in the weeklong games which come to a close this weekend.

At another beautiful Cagliari location, Poetta Beach, today other members of the 23 strong Irish Team which ranges in age from 31 to 80, amassed a total of 6 Silver and 5 Bronze medals in the Petanque singles and Petanque doubles events. The Petanque singles medals winners included Chikoyo White from Balbriggan, Dublin and Verina Borrisova from Tallaght (both dialysis patients) as well transplant recipients and games Veterans Charlie Ryan from Cobh, Cork (a liver transplant recipient) and John McAleer from Antrim (kidney transplant).   Medals were also won in Petanque today by Liver transplant recipient Aoife Murray from Clonsilla, Dublin and kidney transplant recipients  Lenny Ryan from TallaghtMarie O’Connor from Lahinch, in Clare and Finian Farrell from Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Dubliners Paul Prendergast (Santry) and Team Captain Harry Ward (from Baldoyle) also competed in Petanque events and although they did not win a medal they were content to be part of the experience.

Two members of the team, Rachel Eagleton (Meath) and Pat O’Sullivan (Cork), also competed in the Tennis mixed doubles event today but were knocked out at the quarter finals stage by an Italian duo. Rachel, who took the Silver medal in Tennis Singles yesterday is now finished her events while Pat has track and field events to take part in at the end of the week.

Two of the team’s three members on DialysisChikoyo White and Verina Borissovaboth Dubliners, played in the same category in Petanque singles and won Silver and Bronze medals respectivelyChikoyo, was delighted with her Silver in her first competition at the games and then went on to scoop a Bronze medal with teammate Aoife Murray in the Petanque Doubles competition.

Newcomer to the team, Verina, is a native of Bulgaria who lives in Tallaght. Verina is waiting for a kidney transplant and has a functioning pancreas having previously undergone a combined kidney and pancreas transplant. Today’s Bronze for Verina can now be added to the Gold medal which she won on the first day of competition in the Darts single event.

Verina’s doubles partner Aoife Murray (a liver transplant from Clonsilla) also competed in the Petanque singes event and won a Silver medal.  Lenny Ryan (kidney transplant from Tallaght),  also won Silver medal in the petanque singles event. This was the silver lining for the Aoife as she had previously won a Bronze medal earlier in the week for tennis.     At today’s Petanque Clare woman Marie O’Connor (kidney transplant from Lahinch) won a Bronze medal, her second medal having also won a bronze on Monday in the Darts triples team event.

Veterans John McAleer from Antrim who is the oldest member of the Irish team at 80 years and Charlie Ryan from Cobh also showed their mettle in the same category 70+ years in Petanque and with John winning Bronze in his first games event and Charlie winning Silver.  Charlie, a retired skipper and liver transplant recipient, then went on to compete with Finian Farrell from Mullingar in the Petanque doubles event where they each won a Silver medal. Charlie had previously won a Gold medal on Monday for Darts and after his performance today in Petanque he added two Silver to his haul. Stephen Byrne (Kerry), Dubliner Harry Ward and Linda Waters (Co. Roscommon) also competed in the Petanque singles event, each putting in great performances.

Sheila Gregan’s 20km cycling event took place on the circuit between Cagliari and Quartu. Sheila won her Gold medal today in the cycling event in her 40-49 year age category said, “I am thrilled with the result. I was third overall in the race and Gold in my age category. t’s Day Three and I’ve finished all my events. It’s been a perfect three days for me. I’m finishing on a high. I do this because I can and that’s all thanks to my donor”.

John McAleer said,  “It’s wonderful to be here on the beach in Sardinia in the sun with great company. I really enjoyed the Petanque singles event and it’s a bonus that I secured a Bronze medal. I would like to thank my family for their support and of course my donor family for making it possible for me to be here and all the people who have cared for me over the past 15 years”.

Aoife Murray “I’m having a ball here at the championships. I’m over the moon with a silver medal in Petanque singles. I will compete in the Petanque doubles event with Chikoyo later today which I am really looking forward to it. Being a team Ireland member is like being part of a lovely family where everyone looks out for everyone else. Special mention to Team Captain Harry Ward and Team Manager Colin White. It’s great to share the games experience with my mam, Mags, who has travelled here with me.”

Westmeath’s Finian Farrell said after winning a Silver with doubles teammate Charlie Ryan in his first European Petanque competition said, “It was my first time to compete in Petanque and it was an honour to partner with Charlie. Charlie was brilliant at encouraging me and the rest of the team really supported me and motivated me during the game. I want to thank my donor and my wife and kids for the support and encouragement to attend the training session. Team Ireland are so supportive, they constantly encouraged and advised me today at the event.”

Tallaght man Lenny Ryan said after winning his Silver medal in Petanque, “I’m delighted with my medal. It was really enjoyable event and I’m having a great time at this year’s games. I’m really looking forward to Bowling tomorrow. The Games are an opportunity to showcase that organ donation works. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my donor.”

Pat O’Sullivan from Mallow was very content today despite been beaten in the tennis mixed pairs quarter finals with teammate Rachel Eagleton. He said, “I’m loving my second Transplant Games and this year am feeling more relaxed than my first time. I have been able to take in more events this year as a spectator. It is such a great thing to be part of a big family, our team. The tennis courts are tough here as they are hard courts and the heat is difficult to take but we did get time to acclimatise before we came out because of the great weather Ireland was enjoying. We got beaten in the quarter finals by two Italians and one of them who actually won out against Rachel in the Tennis singles yesterday when Rachel won a Silver medal. I am looking forward to taking part in the 100m and 200m sprint and relay race as well as the long later in the week”.

Team Ireland will tomorrow compete in the Bowling Singles and Golf Events.

Members of the 23 strong Irish team will continue to compete in other sporting disciplines including Bowling, track and field, archery and golf until the games come to a close on Saturday and returning home to Dublin airport on Sunday next 24th June.

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history will include Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are open to all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow transplant recipients as well as dialysis patients. The multi-sport event includes athletics, badminton, cycling, darts, golf, mini marathon, petanque, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ten pin bowling, virtual triathlon and the hosts have also added archery and surf-casting. Athletes are divided into six age groups (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). Swimming and track and field bring the sporting specialties total to 39.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it