21st August 2014
By Sarah May
Cobh man Charlie Ryan took the Gold today in the Darts for the Fourth time in the European Championships. Charlie went head to head in the semi-final with fellow Irish Team member Philip Kavanagh, and in the final with Limerick man John Loftus. Following the intense matches, John Loftus took the Silver and Arklow man Philip Kavanagh took the Bronze.
Charlie was thrilled to secure Gold for the fourth time, “I had to beat two Irish men to get my Gold which was tough. I would like to thank Sinead in the Jack Doyle bar for all her help with my Darts technique.”
John and Philip both thoroughly enjoyed the competition. Philip said, “I am delighted with an unexpected Bronze. I am enjoying the Games immensely.”
Thomas Doherty was awarded Silver in the Darts, and in the same category Zimele Brown proved to not just be a pro at bowling but also a dab hand at darts, securing a Bronze. Following the event Thomas said, “There was tough competition from the Greek and Polish competitors so I am very happy with the Silver medal.”
Rosscarbery native Mike Keohane was also awarded the Silver in his Darts category, “I played against two very skilled Polish players but, I played very well so I am satisfied. In the final I was up against a Slovenian opponent and it was a nail biting game. I am very pleased with my Silver medal, it was a bonus medal as the Power-Walk and the discus competitions are my main events.”
Darts star of the day was former Darts ace, Sean Marshall. Sean is a Kerry native and bone marrow transplant recipient. Today he took the Gold in his category. Sean also competed in the 5km mini-marathon earlier in the week which was an overwhelming experience for him, “ I went from being on the brink of death a short few years ago to racing in a 5km mini-marathon, this week. I love my new lease of life. I would not be here if it was not for my amazing brother Paudie, this is his medal. This week is to celebrate my donor brother, what a man.” Sean is also very grateful to his running coach Tina Donovan, “I wouldn’t have been here in Krakow competing on the track if it was not for Tina she kept me going through the good and the bad times and was a constant support. The support I have received from her, my family, friends and locality has been phenomenal.”
Sean is a newcomer to the games and he is delighted that he made the decision to join the team, “everyone made me feel so welcome, and they are an amazing bunch of people. The whole team’s positivity and encouragement is prominent every single day at every event.” Sean is currently looking forward to competing in the 5000m Power Walk tomorrow.
In the Darts triples event two Irish teams battled it out in the semi-final. The teams were composed of Sean Marshall, Bridie Nicholson and Harry Ward and, of Michael Dwyer, Charlie Ryan and Mary Sheehan. The Teams played very well however, the team of Sean, Bridie and Harry edged ahead and bagged a place in the final leaving the team of Mick, Charlie and Mary with an impressive third place.
Limerick lady Mary was overwhelmed with her and her team’s success, “I am thrilled with the outcome for myself and for Charlie and Mick. I was so disappointed that I was sick and could not compete in my table tennis event earlier this week so I am delighted that I have the health to come down and participate today.”
The final of the Darts triples event- Ireland versus Slovenia was gripping to say the least, as both teams were neck and neck till the very end when Slovenia made one lucky shot that secured them the Gold and Ireland the silver.
Tomorrow is the final day of the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Krakow. Transplant Team Ireland are looking forward to tomorrows sporting events and the Gala Dinner that shall follow. Team Ireland is scheduled to arrive in Dublin airport on Saturday the 23rd of August at 4.15pm.
The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for the coordination and organisation of Transplant Team Ireland’s participation in the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships.
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