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Transplant and

               dialysis sport

          is a way of life,

            not just 7 days

                                             When I look at the number of new   things within the team is based around
                       in a year           enquiries about our team that we     positivity and support and all of the
                                           received after coverage of our time in
                                                                                new people buy into it straight away –
                                           Finland it is clear that our team    with Harry Ward as Captain how could
                                           members are not only reaping the     you not?!
                                           personal benefits of an active and     I cannot put into words what it
                                           sporting lifestyle, they are also having  means to me personally to be a part of
                                           a positive influence on others who are  Transplant Team Ireland. The people I
                                           travelling a similar path through life.  have met, the friends I have made and
                                             The World Transplant Games         the constant inspiration I draw from
                                           Federation has recently launched a
                                           new initiative, Fit For Life!, aimed at
                                           highlighting the value of regular
                                           physical activity and sport in daily life
                                           with a view to encouraging more
                                           transplant recipients to take that first
                                           step off the couch to start a positive
                                           and enjoyable journey in the world of
                                           sport. I am particularly delighted that a
                                           member of our team, Ron Grainger,
                                           has been chosen as one of the first 12
                                           World Ambassadors who will promote
                                           this initiative.
                                             The message from this year’s
                                           Championships, and every event our
                                           team attends, is simple: transplant and  everyone is such a positive and life
                                           dialysis sport is a way of life, not just 7  affirming experience. I was delighted
                                           days in a year.                      that my wife, Chikoyo, was again a
                                             Our back room team rose to the     member of the team – she is my daily
                                           challenge once again this year making  inspiration and to have been given the
                                           my job as Team Manager so            opportunity to present her with one of
                                           straightforward. I view my role more as  the medals she won in Finland is a
                                           a facilitator than a manager in the Irish  wonderful memory of a truly shared
                                           set up because we have such excellent  experience that will stay with me for a
        A proud Colin presenting Chikoyo with one of the medals
        she won in Finland.                people on board. The natural order of  very long time.

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