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Transplant Team Ireland Recruitment Drive

The Irish Kidney Association is currently recruiting new members to sign up for Transplant Team Ireland and celebrate the ‘gift of life’ through sport.

The organisation is hoping to recruit under 18’s and seniors (both transplant recipients and people currently on dialysis) from around the country to represent Ireland at various international events including the Winter World Transplant Games in Switzerland in March 2012 as well as the European Transplant & Dialysis Games to be held in Croatia in August 2012. Click on title for more..

Speaking about the recruitment drive, Mr. Colin White, Transplant Team Ireland Manager, explained “we would like to expand our existing inspirational team by securing people from every part of the country to highlight the benefits of sport for transplant recipients and people on dialysis as well as spreading the message about the wonderful legacy of organ donation !”

“Our team currently includes a broad range of ages and experience and we would like to grow ‘our family’ by welcoming new members, irrespective of their age or sporting prowess, to share in our celebration of life through sport. Team members will share in a wonderful experience being a part of a ‘family’ where lifelong friendships are forged and positive spirit prevails.”

The Irish Team includes people who are receiving dialysis treatment as well as people who have received major organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. In order to be a part of the team, transplant recipients must be one year post transplant. People on dialysis can also join the team for the European Games and must be receiving dialysis treatment for a minimum of 6 months. They take part alongside transplant recipients in a wide range of sporting events which include track and field, badminton, tennis, golf, petanque (boules), bowling, darts, swimming and cycling. The Winter World Transplant Games events include cross country and downhill skiing as well as events such as snow-shoeing and curling. There will also be a ski camp for children who are new to winter sports running in parallel to the Winter Games.

Earlier this year, 33 members of Transplant team Ireland enjoyed fantastic success at the 18th Summer World Transplant Games in Gothenburg, Sweden, securing a new world record in one event and picking up a massive haul of 39 medals, comprising 13 Gold, 14 Silver and 12 Bronze. It was Ireland’s biggest ever team competing at the biennial World Transplant Games. The Irish ranged in age from 9 to 70+ and were among 1100 athletes from 54 countries who participated in the Games. The next World Transplant Games will be held in Durban, South Africa in July/August 2013 and it is hoped that through the new recruitment drive that there will be a large representation from Ireland.

Anyone interested in finding out more and meeting members of the Irish Team is welcome to come along to one of the regular training sessions at ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin airport and the next two training sessions are scheduled to take place on Sunday, 6th November and Sunday, 4th December 2011. The sessions are very informal and all ability levels are welcome.

The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at various national and international events.

To find out more about Transplant Team Ireland
Log on to www.transplantteamireland.com or contact Colin White. Email colin@ika.ie. Tel. 01 6205306

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