Team Wisconsin Returns Triumphant
It was a medal-filled weekend for Team Wisconsin as 10 competitors and their supporters attended the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio.
The team took home 24 medals, including seven gold medals.
“It was a good experience for all of us,” says Jim Brien, the team’s coach and a 34-year kidney recipient. “Everyone medaled in at least one thing. We had lots of support from our loved ones. It was nice to win the medals, but most importantly, we were there because someone gave us a second chance at life.”
Team Wisconsin won the following medals:
Serena Kroon and Dennis Stucke - bocce
Sally Rindal – cycling – 5K
Etta McDonald – swimming – 500-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter backstroke
Josh Bergeron – 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash
Dennis Stucke – bowling – singles and cricket
Sally Rindal – cycling – 20K
Serena Kroon – darts and table tennis
Darin Schumacher – golf – 2-man
Jim Brien – 1,500-meter race walk
Josh Bergeron – long jump and softball throw
Chuck Eastwood – bowling – doubles
Serena Kroon – cricket
Darin Schumacher – golf – singles and tennis - singles
Jack Eigel – swimming – 100-meter breaststroke
Josh Bergeron – poker and high jump
Chris Spieth – long jump
During the opening ceremonies of the Games, Donate Life acknowledged two deceased members of Team Wisconsin: Dennis Flannery and Jan Jankowski. “It was a very nice way to honor them and the active lives they led,” says Jim.
Team Wisconsin has been participating in the Transplant Games since the first Games in 1990. The competition is open to organ, tissue and eye transplant recipients and living donors.