Patrick O’Sullivan received a kidney transplant in 2015. He resides in Mallow, Co. Cork with his wife Helen, and is the proud father to two adult children Carol and Patrick.
Pat will be competing in this year’s World Transplant Games in the 50-59 years age category in the following events:
- Track & Field – 100m
- Track & Field – 200m
- Track & Field – Long Jump
- Golf Singles
- Golf Team
Pat has previously participated in the World Transplant Games in Spain 2017, and in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Italy 2018.
Pat says, “Transplant team Ireland is like having another family that you can rely on. There is a bond and a friendship in the team that goes beyond just being together at the games.
‘Growing up I was always interested in sport but between work and my illness, I retired from any active sport when I was 24. My transplant and the Games have allowed me to get my competitive juices flowing again. I have now also completed in Masters events.“
Pat is looking forward to experiencing the friendliness and hospitality of the Geordie people in Newcastle this year, raising the profile of Organ Donation and Transplantation and meeting new people from all over the world.
Pat is particularly appreciative for the support he has received from Helen, Carol and Patrick through the good times and the bad.
He also says, “I would like to thank Believe to Achieve Gym in Mallow, Eoin, Pat and Emma for all the work they do with me, Mallow GAA for allowing me to train there, Brendan Denehy for being such an inspirational training partner and the best full back any teenager could have had. Also thanks to Mallow Credit Union for their financial assistance in helping me to get to the games. Most of all I would like to thank my Physio, Heather O’Brien, without Heather I would never be able to compete.”