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World Medical and Health Games return to Limerick

01 Apr 2015

At the launch of the 36th annual World Medical and Health Games at UL were from left: Prof Michael Larvin, Head of Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick; Minister Jan O’Sullivan; Linda Stevens, Director of Special Projects; and Neasa O’Donnell, UL Sport

The 36th annual World Medical and Health Games for all health professionals returns to the University of Limerick and Limerick city in July, 20 years after they were first held in the city.

With an expected attendance of up to 1,500 participants at the week-long event, representing countries from Europe, Canada, the US, Morocco and Japan, the event will include triathlons, half marathons, a 100km road cycle race, as well as golf, tennis, swimming, volleyball, soccer and tag rugby.

For the first time in its history, the World Medical and Health Games will this year also include a ‘Kiddy Games’ to attract family participation.

Launching the event, which runs from July 18 to 25, Minister for Education Deputy Jan O’Sullivan said it was particularly appropriate that UL should host an event that links medicine, health and sport, given its prominent role in the development of medical, health and sport education and research.

“The first Graduate Medical School in Ireland, which opened in 2007, has now successfully forged a partnership with our city hospital,” she noted.

UL’s Graduate Medical School is hosting a two-day international symposium during the Games, on the importance of health in sport.

Established in France by Corporate Sports Organisation Paris, the games will bring together people of all ages who work in medical and health settings.

A promotional campaign is under way to encourage HSE staff to participate in the Games as a way of meeting their peers worldwide.

A special registration fee of €50 is available to Irish participants (overseas registration is usually €250).

The Shannon Conference and Sports Bureau, which hosted medical professionals from across Clare and Limerick last November in order to examine how the region could earn some of the lucrative €500 million in spending generated annually in Ireland by business tourism, helped to bring the Games back to UL.

The World Medical and Health Games, held annually, were set up by French medical journal Le Quotidien du Médecin in 1978.

Lloyd Mudiwa

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times