Transplant Team Ireland win 50 medals at the World Transplant Games
Irish team bring home 17 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze
Top medal winners: Deirdre Faul (liver recipient) from Dalkey, and John Moran (kidney recipient) from Glasnevin arriving back to Dublin Airport from the World Transplant Games 2019. Photograph: Conor McCabe
Team Ireland have been welcomed home by friends and family after winning 50 medals at the World Transplant Games.
The 38-member team arrived at Dublin airport with 17 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze, leaving them in 11th place out of the 56 countries that competed in the games. The 320 athletes competing for the hosts, Britain and Northern Ireland, topped the medal table.
The Irish team was comprised of 29 men and nine women ranging in age from 16 to 81. All of the athletes who competed at the games in Newcastle have received transplants at some stage including heart, lung, bone marrow, liver and kidney procedures.
Athletes competed in events such as badminton, cycling, darts, golf, squash, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon and track and field events.
Team manager Colin White said the team spirit was overwhelming.
“The buzz, camaraderie, friendship, the sense that we are all in this together, every medal is a medal for the team,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see people getting their just rewards, the team has put in a lot of work this year and it’s paying off.”
Jack O’Brien (16), the youngest team Ireland member, bagged three medals at his first time competing in the games. The Navan-man won a silver medal in darts, a bronze in the long jump and another bronze in the 200m sprint.