A question we often hear and respond to with exasperation… As far as our transplant and dialysis sports programme is concerned, the response would have to be that ‘we are getting there…’
Since hosting the 2010 European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin, we have seen many new people join the cohort that is Transplant Team Ireland. However, there is scope for many more people to engage in transplant & dialysis sports at every performance level. Ultimately, the more people we have the more engaging the programme we can put together which is going to attract more people which is going to allow us to speak with a louder voice about the positive impact of organ donation and transplantation.
Our 10 newcomers to our team have each brought a new dimension to our overall identity. They are building on the achievements of others and enhancing the reputation of our sports programme in transplant and dialysis sporting circles as well as giving the media reason to sit up and take note.
We are the third biggest team attending this year’s European Championships. This is something to be proud of for a country of our size but we must also be mindful of not resting on our laurels. There are many more people out there who would benefit wonderfully from the experience of being part of our team whilst at the same time would also promote a positive message about organ donation and transplantation.
It is the people on our team who makes us who we are and we are looking to recruit more people to help develop a very powerful platform for the promotion of the health and lifestyle benefits of active living as well.