Skerries Man Wins At Transplant Games

Peter HeffernanPeter Heffernan

Transplant Team Ireland’s impressive final medal tally from the British Transplant Games in Newcastle was an amazing 14 medals. The team won six Gold, five Silver and three Bronze. Nine Irish athletes represented Ireland, including one local man, at the event which included over 900 athletes. Among the winners was athlete and kidney transplant, recipient Peter Heffernan from Skerries who won a Bronze medal in the 50m backstroke swimming event. Eight members of the Irish team attended the British Games along with Transplant Games Team Manager, Colin White from Balbriggan. “We were delighted to have been invited to take part in this large scale event, which involved almost 900 competitors. One of our team members, Galway woman Sinead McGowan has travelled from Australia where she now resides to be part of this Games experience which celebrates the gift of life through sport. The youngest member of the team was 12 year old Jack O’Brien and we were delighted that Tony Byrne, a newcomer to our team, secured a bronze medal at his first Transplant Games. Well done to all the other members,” Colin White said.