Garry Campbell received a kidney transplant in 1996. He lives in Greystones, Wicklow and is married with two adult children.
Garry will be competing at this year’s World Transplant Games in the 60-69 years age category in the following events:
- Track & Field – Ball Throw
- Golf Singles
- Golf Team
- Ten Pin Bowling Doubles (partnering with Michael Dwyer)
Married to Una, they have two adult children and one grandchild. In September 2019 Garry and his family will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of his life changing kidney transplant which he underwent when he was 41 years old. Garry feels fortunate that he was only on the transplant waiting list for a year until his deceased donor kidney transplant came along.
Garry took part in three previous World Transplant Games including France, Canada, Thailand and Spain and he also took part in the European Games when they were held in Hungary and Dublin. An avid and successful golfer, Garry always took home medals when he participated at previous games in Golf – a Gold from France, a Silver from Canada and Bronze from Thailand.
Garry said, “I am looking forward to returning to the team and renewing old friendships with other transplantees from all around the world. My participation and the Games are all about recognizing our donors. I have had a great life thanks to my donor and my transplant has allowed me to see my children Tara and Gavin grow up and become a grandfather to Conor. I would like to acknowledge the support of head golf pro Karl Holmes from Greystones Golf Club for helping me prepare for the Games.”
A keen golfer, Gary is particularly looking forward to this year’s World Transplant Games, as he will get to play golf where Irish pro Paul Dunne won the British Masters.