Newbridge’s Sonia to run in the 19th World Transplant Games

Sonia Treacy (37)�from Newbridge received a kidney transplant just two months ago took part in the Irish Kidney Association's Run for a Life event at the weekend. She had been receiving nightly dialysis treatment for four years prior to being called for her successful kidney transplant.The event which celebrates life and promotes organ donation is sponsored by pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Co.Pic Angela Halpin *****NO REPRO FEE*****
Kidney transplant athlete Sonia Treacy from Newbridge jetted off to the 19th World Transplant Games in South Africa on Friday.

Kidney transplant athlete Sonia Treacy from Newbridge jetted off to the 19th World Transplant Games in South Africa on Friday.

The games will take place in Durban, South Africa from July 28 to August 4 next and Sonia will run in the track and field 100m and the track and field relay trials.

Sonia’s last time to compete in the World Transplant Games was in 2005 after which her kidney transplant failed.

“I don’t know if I would ever refer to myself as an athlete but after having two kidney transplants and experiencing both the European and World Transplant Games I’m proud to be able to take part,” said Sonia.

The Newbridge based Pfizer employee described being a part of the Transplant Games as ‘a fantastic feeling’, adding that the friendships made in the teams are ‘not something you come across every day’.

Meanwhile fellow Kidney transplant athlete and award winning butcher James Nolan from Kilcullen will join Sonia at the games this year.

James took bronze in the 400m at the British Transplant Games last year.

- Paula Campbell