Monica and John excel at Transplant Games

Local athletes Monica Finn and John Cormican excelled at the World Transplant Games, held in Bangkok during the past week.             John Cormican from south Roscommon won a bronze medal in the badminton mixed doubles, playing alongside Angela Sherlock. In the semi-finals, the two faced the Swedish team and while they lost 2-1 to the Swedish outfit, they secured bronze medals.             John also won a bronze medal in the long jump competition, but pulled a muscle during the competition, which ruled him out of the 200 metre event.             Roscommon’s Monica Finn took silver in the petanque competition, a form of boules which originated in Provence 100 years ago. Petanque involves throwing metal balls towards a target on a fine gravel surface. The Irish doubles pairing saw Monica Finn and Bridie Nicholson from Sligo in the final against Danish opponents. They lost on a narrow 11-9 margin, but delighted in taking their places on the podium and the silver medals.