A Killarney woman will represent Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Gateshead next month.

Anna Pokojska received a kidney transplant in 2017.

She is originally from Poland but moved to Killarney in 2006  where she now lives with her husband and daughter.

Anna will be attending the World Transplant Games for the first time and will compete in the 30-39 years categories in both the 30k Cycling Road Race and the 5k Mini-Marathon.

She prepared for August 17-24 games by tackling last weekend’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

“I always wanted to do the Ring of Kerry but between one thing and another and being sick all the time it never happened but I finally managed it on Saturday,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Anna is a member of the largest ever Irish Transplant Team travelling abroad, they will be among 2000 participants from over 60 countries who will take part in the World Transplant Games.

“I went to Dublin on Sunday, straight after the Ring of Kerry where I met the rest of the team for the first time,” she added. “They are a great bunch of people and I am looking forward to getting to know them better and getting out to Newcastle and challenging myself even further.”

Ranging in age from 16 to 81, the Irish team of 29 men and 10 women, have all undergone organ transplants including one heart, one lung, five liver, one bone marrow and 31 kidney transplants.

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