Newbridge woman Sonia scores personal best at Transplant Games

Athletes Sheila Gregan, Vienna White and Sonia Tracey at the athletics after the race.
Two time kidney transplant receipent Sonia Tracey from Newbridge came home from the World Transplant Games in South Africa last week with a personal best time in the 100 metres.

Two time kidney transplant receipent Sonia Tracey from Newbridge came home from the World Transplant Games in South Africa last week with a personal best time in the 100 metres.

“It was absolutely fantastic - I hadn’t been to a world game in eight years,” said Sonia.

“The location was lovely the people were fantastic - we were looking out at the Indian ocean. “

One of the highlights was the opening cermeon, which Sonia described as ‘amazing, with traditional South African dance’.

“I got to meet up with people I hadn’t seen in eight years it was so inspriing - you come away with memories you will have for life.”

According to Sonia one of the many benefits of having a transplant is the World Games.

”The next world games are in Argentina.” she said. “I am really seeing the world and it is one of the benefit of having a transplant. I ran the 100m - it will be only a year transplanted next week, so I went over mainly to experience it all again and run on the track. This time last year I couldn’t dream of running but I got through the heats - and then came fifth with a new personal best 16.7 seconds. I was delighted. At closing ceremony there was the hand over of the flag to Argentina.”

Sonia has many people to thank inlcuding her trainer Shay Walker and PKRF - Punchestown Kidney Research Fund who sponsored her to go over but the biggest thank you belongs to her donor.

“This time last year I wouldn’t dream of being there. There is not enough thank yous to the decision the donor families made - so this is our way of saying thank you, of being fit and healthy. I’ll get back into the training now as the Run for Life is on in four weeks - September 15 so I’ve something to keep myself fit.”