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.”