Tipp success continues at World Transplant Games

Sheila Gregan continues the Premier’s success with a bronze
medal in the 5km road race at the 2019 World Transplant Games.

There was further success for the Premier county recently as Tipperary woman, Sheila Gregan secured a bronze medal in the 5km road race on day one of the World Transplant Games. Hailing from Nenagh, Gregan – a kidney transplant recipient – won her bronze in the 50-59-year age category and was pipped to first and second place by athletes from Team Great Britain and Team South Africa, respectively. 
“I’m totally in shock, I can’t believe it,” she said after the race. 
“I’ve started doing parkruns this year and some running with the Nenagh triathlon club. I’m speechless. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s so wonderful to be here honouring my donor.” With her bronze in the bag, Gregan was free to watch her home county slay the Cats in the All Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday last, but the success didn’t end there for her as she went on to take the silver in the 5km road race (ladies) team event along with newcomer, Anna Pokojska and Galway native, Sinead McGowan.

Gregan’s teammate, Orla Hogan, from Nenagh – a passionate Tipperary hurling supporter, whose father played for Tipperary – also took part in the 5km road race. Although she didn’t secure a medal, she was happy to have been able to take part.
Thirty-eight members of Transplant Team Ireland are currently representing their country and honouring their donors at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle Gateshead UK from August 17-24. Ranging in age from 16-81, the team of 29 men and nine women have all undergone transplants, which include: one heart; one lung; four liver; one bone marrow; and 31 kidney. This is the largest ever Irish Transplant Team to travel abroad and they are among 1,400 athletes from 56 countries who are taking part in the World Transplant Games 2019 showcasing the success of organ donation. 

The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for Ireland’s involvement in the Games and the national projects manager, Colin White, said in advance of the games: “I am excited about the diverse nature of this year’s squad. We cover a wide range of sports and have a variety of levels of experience too. Our five competitors over the age of 70 are a fantastic example to us all in that sport can, and should, be a life-long habit. Each competitor is an ambassador in their own right and collectively the team sends out a wonderfully uplifting message about how post-transplant life can be.”  

For more information on World Transplant Games and the Irish athletes visit the Irish team blog   
Visit the Games website

Transplant Team Ireland will return home to Dublin Airport Terminal One on a Ryanair flight on August 24 at circa 12.30pm. 

 Tippeary's Sheila Gregan and Orla Hogan, both of whom have undergone
kidney transplantsand members of Transplant Team Ireland manager, Colin White.

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