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Thursday 19 October 2017

Peter swims to bronze

Peter Heffernan from Skerries secured a bronze medal for Transplant Team Ireland at the 21st World Transplant Games in Spain
Peter Heffernan from Skerries secured a bronze medal for Transplant Team Ireland at the 21st World Transplant Games in Spain

John Manning

Peter Heffernan from Skerries has returned home after the swimming veteran secured a bronze medal for Transplant Team Ireland at the 21st World Transplant Games in Spain.

Peter secured his bronze medal in the pool, swimming back stroke.

Peter said: 'I thoroughly enjoyed the race. It's so fantastic to be able to take part and the ability to participate and do something that I love is all thanks to my donor.

'The competition is tough this year so I'm thrilled. A big crowd came down to support us from Transplant Team Ireland. They are a brilliant support.'

The 21st World Transplant Games came to a close on Sunday, July 2.

The Irish team of 27 athletes competed among close to 1000 transplant recipients form over 50 countries. Every athlete at the World Transplant Games will have already received a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or bone marrow transplant.

The Irish team of 27 athletes includes four newcomers.

Although the main objective for team members is to embrace life and promote organ donation, some returning team members were also contesting World titles.

Keen to build on their medal successes at the previous World Transplant Games in Argentina in 2015, Deirdre Faul, Kieran Murray, Tony Gartland and Peter Heffernan trained hard in anticipation of the competition in Malaga.

Between them, the much smaller team of four won 13 medals including 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze in Argentina.

Two years previously at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa 2013, the Irish team of 24 athletes scooped 34 medals including 12 Gold, 10 Silver and 12 bronze with 50 competing countries.

Athletes compete in their respective age categories in the following events: badminton, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, squash, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon, and track and field.

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