CYCLING EVENT: Anna Pokojska winning her bronze for the 30km cycling event
By Sean Moriarty
Killarney’s Anna Pokojska took bronze in the 30km Cycle Road Race at the World Transplant Games in Gateshead England on Tuesday.
Anna, who received a kidney transplant in 2017, is attending the World Transplant Games for the first time.
She prepared for the world games by tackling last month’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
Originally from Poland but residing in Ireland since 2006, she contested the 30-39 years category in cycling the 30k Road Race on Tuesday and taking part in the 5k Mini-Marathon on Sunday.
She finished fourth in her age category on the 5k run but on combined times across all age groups Ireland took silver in the team results.
“I am delighted,” Anna told the Killarney Advertiser on Tuesday, not long after completing her cycle race. “I would have been happy just to finish the cycle race as this is my first games. It is such an amazing event. I am doing this for myself and also for my donor. I am so happy just to be here and I would not be here without my donor.”
Anna received a kidney transplant in 2017 after six months on dialysis. After surgery she took up walking and then cycling to ease the pain. She only took up competitive running in March this year.
The closing ceremony takes place in Gateshead later today (Friday) and Team Ireland are due in Dublin Airport around lunchtime tomorrow (Saturday).