Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Laois Dialysis Woman secures Sliver and Bronze at 7th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Croatia.

Alison Honner, is overjoyed with her success in representing her country for the first time at the 7th  European Transplant & Dialysis Games which are taking place in Zagreb, Croatia.

The 26 year old woman from Pike of Rushall, Portlaoise, secured a Sliver medal in her age category (18-29 years) in Bowling today and yesterday she competed in Badminton and made the semi-final for which she was awarded a Bronze medal. Excited after her win today, Alison said “Oh my Gold, it was so hard. I am so happy. I did it. Its great to go home with a medal, I can’t believe it. Thanks so much to everyone. I’m totally loving the Games experience.”

Alison who was born with two small kidneys has had two kidney transplants, one in 1996 and the second in 2004. After her second transplant failed, she returned to dialysis treatment which she has been receiving since 2009. She is taking a year out from Ballyfermot College where she was pursuing a course in Radio Studies.

This Thursday, Alison will compete in her final event at the Games - Ball Throw – and she will return home to Ireland with the rest of Transplant Team Ireland on Saturday night, 25th August.  Also from Laois, Niall McAuliffe from Abbeyleix secured a Gold medal on the first day of the European Games in the Darts singles event.


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