Seán aims for success at transplant games

Simon Brouder

Published 20/08/2014 | 05:36

Tralee man Sean Marshall who is representing Ireland at the International Transplant Games. Sean (Right) is pictured here with his brother and bone marrow donor Paudie.

KILFLYNN'S Sean Marshall, who conquered a rare form of cancer thanks to a bane marrow donation from his brother Paudie, is this week representing Ireland at the European transplant games.

Sean, who was Ireland's number one darts player before he contracted a rare form of Leukemia in 2009, is the newest member of the Transplant Team Ireland who are flying the flag for Ireland at the eighth European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Krakow this week.

Almost 500 participants from 30 countries throughout Europe are taking part in the games. Every athlete at the event have either already received a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or bone marrow transplant or are on dialysis.

The highly skilled darts player is representing Ireland in the Darts singles and triples events. In the triples event, which takes place on Thursday, Sean, who travelled out to Poland on Saturday, is playing alongside Harry Ward from Dublin and Bridie Nicholson from Sligo.

As well as the darts competition Sean is also representing his country in the pentanque boules, ten pin bowling, 5000m track power walk and the 5k race.

The games aren't the only major sporting challenge Sean has taken on in recent weeks as part of his preparations for the games he took part in the RIng of Kerry Cycle. A feat made all the more remarkable given the fact that Sean only started cycling some 12 weeks earlier.

"I was told there was a 90 per cent chance I wouldn't come out of the operation and spent five months in isolation, but now I look back with amazement. I never thought I'd be here."

"The support I've been getting has been overwhelming and this whole experience just makes me appreciate everything so much more."

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