Double Gold For Charlie At World Transplant Games A Decade After His Life Saving Liver Transplant


A Corkman in his 70s has thanked his liver transplant donor who saved his life ten years ago for his outstanding success in winning Gold medals on two consecutive days which are taking place at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga. Charlie’s Gold can now be added to yesterday’s tally of 1 Gold won by him yesterday in Petanque.
Just one day after winning his Gold medal in the Petanque yesterday on the first day of the Games events, Charlie, the retired ferryboat skipper from Cobh sailed through to today’s finals in Darts before winning the coveted Gold against his Australian and Hong Kong friendly transplant rivals. After his win at the Darts venue today in Malaga, Charlie said, “it was hard but very enjoyable set of games. I have been practicing every day so it’s great to get the result. I want to thank my donor and their family. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today. It’s my ten year transplant anniversary this summer. I’ve won five European Gold medals in Darts and now I have achieved my first Gold in the World Games.
Charlie, who is competing in the 70-79 year old age category, has two more events to participate in, darts triples and bowling doubles, before the games come to a close on 2nd July.
Charlie has been taking part in Transplant Sport as part of Transplant Team Ireland. Since 2008, a year after undergoing his life saving transplant at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in August 2007. With the previous World Transplant Games when they were held in Argentina two years ago, Charlie has attended every European Transplant Championships and World Transplant Games which take place on alternate years. In the process he has racked up an impressive haul of medals along the way and taking in destinations all over the world including Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Poland and Finland. The retired ferryboat skipper used to work with Marine Transport Services in Cobh and his work including transporting prisoners to and from Spike Island prior to its closure.
Transplant Team Ireland includes 4 liver and 23 kidney transplant recipients ranging in age from 30 to 79 who will compete against almost 1000 participants from more than 50 countries at what will be the largest gathering of transplant recipients this year. The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for coordinating and managing Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at European and World Transplant Games events.