Tipperary's Sheila Gregan strikes gold in Sardinia

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Sheila Gregan

Sheila Gregan rounded off a very successful week at the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Sardinia by winning gold in her age category in the 20kms cycle

A Tipperary woman has cycled her way to victory and won a gold medal on the third day of events at the tenth European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Sardinia.

Sheila Gregan, a kidney transplant recipient triathlete from Sheila GreganNenagh, won gold in the 40-49 age category of the 20km cycling event to complete a very successful week. 

She also won two Silver medals for the 5km race on Monday and in the 50m freestyle swimming event on Tuesday.

Twenty five nations are competing in the week-long games, which come to a close this weekend.

Her Irish team Orla Hogan, also from Nenagh, won a bronze medal in the 50 metres freestyle swimming event.

She will compete in two more events, ten-pin bowling and the 3km Power Walk, before the championships conclude.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport's arrivals hall of Terminal 1 when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday, 24th June around 3.15pm. 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the sixth European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010, which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.