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        World Transplant Games

             With 28 athletes and           ur team ranges in age from 30
           19 supporters travelling         through to 79 years old and they
                                            will be competing in many
                to Malaga for the
                                   Odifferent sports including both
          World Transplant Games   physical (athletics, cycling, golf, swimming,
         (June 24th – July 2nd) our  squash, tennis) and skill-based (darts,
           sports team, Transplant  petanque ten-pin bowling).
                                      Many team members took part in our
          Team Ireland, is ready to
                                   ‘Run For a Life’ on May 20th and on May
          represent their families,  21st the team met up in the ALSAA Sports
            their donors and their  Complex, next to Dublin airport, to receive
                    country on the  their official team kit and to listen to an
                                   excellent motivational talk from Kilkenny
              international stage.
                                   all-star Michael Fennelly. Michael spoke of
                                   the physical health benefits of regular
                With 50 countries  participation in sport and he also
         represented by over 2000  highlighted the mental health benefits too.   Rachel Eagleton, Gwen O’Donoghue, Harry Ward
                                      After making contact with the Spanish
          registered participants it
                                   Embassy in Dublin we were delighted to  ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ hosted by
             will truly be a global  recently receive an invitation for    The Ambassador of Spain, José María
                celebration of the  representatives of our team to promote  Rodríguez-Coso, and Navy Captain
         ‘gift of life’ through sport  Organ Donor Awareness at a function on  Victoriano Gilabert-Agote, the
             and will be the single  board the Spanish Training Ship       Commanding Officer.
              biggest organ donor   Colin White, Rachel Eagleton, Harry Ward
           awareness event in the
                   world this year.

                                                                              Rachel Eagleton, Harry Ward, José María Rodríguez-Coso

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