Bridie Nicholson – Sligo

Bridie is a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient from Sligo town and she will be competing in the 50-59 years age category in

the following events:

  • Darts (Triples)
  • Darts (Singles)
  • Petanque (Singles)
  • Petanque (Doubles)
  • Track & Field – Ball Throw

Bridie developed diabetes as a child, and her daily insulin injections ceased when she received a combined kidney pancreas transplant at Beaumont hospital Dublin. Bridie works full time with Sligo County Library Service, she has many interests and sees life in terms of living well and taking every opp unity that comes along.

‘I am a great advocate of exercise and be seen anywhere near the shores of Lough Gill walking. My favourite sport is pétanque and I am blessed as Sligo has its own purpose built pétanque pitch at Mitchell-Curley Park. I won Ireland’s first medal at World Transplant Championships in Bangkok in 2007 playing pétanque which is a form of boules. I also gold again for Ireland in South Africa when I partnered Catherine Murphy from Cork in the doubles. My training is going well as I will compete in both the singles and doubles in Pétanque at the championships in Helinski’.

‘It is great honour and privledge to represent Ireland and wear Irish Vest. It is also important I represent the Transplant world and show those on the difficult journey of organ failure that there life at the end of the tunnel. I also feel that it is one of the best ways of spreading the message about carrying a donor card and the general knowledge and information about the health of our nation and the prevention of organ failure. I am living testimony to the whole process of organ transplantation and the benefits of same’.

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