Rachel Eagleton from Bettystown with the silver medal she won in Tennis yesterday at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle.
Rachel Eagleton from Bettystown won a silver medal yesterday in the women’s singles tennis at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle Gateshead.
Winning silver was just one reason for Rachel to celebrate however, she also celebrated her 33rd birthday this week in the company of her colleagues on the Irish team.
“It has been a really long and tiring day” Rachel, who underwent a kidney transplant when she was a child, said after her win.
“It's at times like this that I think of my donor who has made this possible. I thank my family for supporting me and all the team also. (She is the only daughter of Tom and Gladys Eagleton and has one brother, Mark.)
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There was not much time for Rachel to rest however as she is competing in the Tennis Doubles event today (Thursday) with her partner Sheila Gregan.
UPDATE: Hot on the heels of yesterday’s silver medal in the Ladies singles, Rachel has gone one better this afternoon by winning gold in the doubles alongside her partner Sheila Gregan from Nenagh, Tipperary.
Rachel has represented Ireland at three previous World Transplant Games, in Canada, Thailand and Spain.
In Canada, she won Gold in both singles and doubles and in Spain in 2017 she won silver in the singles. She also won two Gold medals in Germany at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in 2008.
The World Transplant Games will continue throughout the week and athletes are competing in their respective age categories in the following events: petanque, badminton, cycling, darts, golf, squash, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon, and track and field.
This year the team has gratefully received support from Swim Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Irish Squash. The on-going coaching support from Swim Ireland has been particularly welcomed. Astellas Pharma Ltd. has again provided some sponsorship towards the costs of running the team.
Transplant Team Ireland includes 38 athletes who have each undergone transplants including bone marrow (1), heart (1), liver (4), lung (1) and kidney (31). The team of 29 men and 9 women will return home to Dublin airport terminal one on Saturday, 24th August (Ryanair flight from Newcastle which is expected to land at 12.30pm).
For more information on World Transplant Games and the Irish athletes visit the Irish team blog www.transplantteamireland.ie
Visit the Games website www.worldtransplantgames.org