DUBLIN athletes shone as transplant and dialysis athletes participated in the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Oxford last weekend, coming home with a staggering 34 medals.
The 14 strong team took part in the week-long multi-sports competition amongst heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplant recipients and kidney dialysis patients from over 25 countries.
The Irish team of 11 men and three women consist of nine Kidney recipients, two liver recipients, one double lung recipient and one bone marrow recipient.
Team Captain Harry Ward from Baldoyle led the team to Oxford, and himself won Bronze in both darts and ten-pin bowling.
Swimmers Peter Heffernan from Skerries and Sheila Gregan from Nenagh were in action at the pool and these seasoned pros took four bronze medals. Three for Peter (50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke & 400m Freestyle) and 1 for Sheila (100m Breaststroke).
In Ten pin bowling doubles, Harry Ward from Baldoyle and his partner Charlie Ryan took the Bronze medal.
There was also medal success with gold for Ron Grainger of Castleknock and silver for Mick Dwyer and a Bronze for James Nolan (Kildare).
The representatives from Dublin were Harry Ward, Team Captain, Baldoyle, D 13 (Kidney); Ron Grainger, Castleknock, (KIidney); Peter Heffernan, Skerries (Kidney), Michael Dwyer from Cabinteely (Kidney) and John Moran, Glasnevin, (Kidney)
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