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Upcoming Events 2012

Robbie Lyons achieved a world record in the Long Jump at the World Transplant Games 2011.

2011 was another strong year for transplant and dialysis sport in Ireland. Our numbers continue to grow and this year we had our biggest ever travelling team with 33 athletes going to the World Transplant Games in Göteborg, Sweden. Success at the Games was crowned with a World Record in the long jump by one of our Juniors, Robbie Lyons.

2012 will be another busy year. To get us started we had a number of people representing us in the Nice Prom 10km Classic again in January. The local Lions Club in Nice (France) sponsors transplant recipients from across Europe to participate in this main stream event as part of an organ donor awareness campaign.

In March we will have some of our Juniors attending the Nicholas Cup. This is an event for under 18’s who have never skied before. As well as having an opportunity to experience winter sports the juniors will get a chance to meet with their peers and network for the future. Over a weekend in May / June we will be hosting the 5 Nations Transplant Golf Tournament. This will bring together golfers from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are the defending champions and as hosts the plan is to have a large team and are looking for new recruits. As a follow up to this year’s successful weekend in Westport, where many people climbed Croagh Patrick and a lot of money was raised for the Association, we are looking at organising another activity weekend in 2012 (probably towards the end of June). We are currently looking at Carlingford in Co. Louth as a possible venue. Keep an eye out for more details in our magazine in the New Year. In August we will be taking a team to the European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Zagreb, Croatia. Arrangements will be made for people on haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis who are interested in being a part of the team. New recruits are very welcome and we will be bringing Juniors with us also.

From March we will be looking at offering core sports each session. The plan for these sports is to have a coach available for those interested. By having dedicated days for specific sports the idea is to encourage a strong turn outwe can learn from each other as well as the coach and doubles partnerships can be formed where appropriate. The basic brief for every coach will be to only offer coaching to those who want it. If you want to attend and play any of the core sports socially you will be very welcome.

This year we had 368 people registered for the IKA’s “Run For a Life” in Park West in Dublin as well as a great gang of volunteers. Next year we will be looking to grow the event. A date has not been confirmed but it will likely coincide with European Day for organ donation and transplantation in October again. It worked very well this year despite the miserable weather and we promise to try and have the same soup on offer again! If you are interested in any of the above, please contact colin@ika.ie.


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