The British Transplant Games
The British Transplant Games have been around for over 30 years with the first Games taking place in Portsmouth in 1978. At that time, these Games were an international event and included teams from France, Greece and even the USA. The games are annually held in cities thoughout the UK, including Belfast in 1998 and 2011. The 2014 games were held in Bolton and will be heading to Newcastle in 2015.
The British Transplant Games hosts around 60 teams each year. Each team taking part in The Games stems from a hospital coordinator who then manages the team and recruits new members every year. The biggest team has around 150 members and the smallest team has just two! If you have had a life-saving transplant why not contact us for further information and to register your interest? Members of The British Transplant Games teams have been through life changing experiences and the games are a great opportunity to hear some stories of children and adults, both competitors and supporters who have been directly affected by organ transplantation and who take part in The British Transplant Games.
Athletes compete in events by gender and in age groups. (18-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60-69) (70+).
- Donor Run 3k and 5k
- Table Tennis
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Track and Field
There are also many events for children at the games including: Badminton, Swimming, Table Tennis and Track and Field. Junior age groups are (5 and under) (6-8) (9-11) (12-14) (15-17).
The World Transplant Games
The World Transplant Games are held once every two years. Athletes competing at the World Transplant Games have one thing in common; they have all had a successful organ transplant. By taking part they aim to raise global awareness of the importance of organ donation. There’s no greater gift than the gift of life and World Transplant Games athletes from so many countries worldwide are living proof of that.
The aim of the World Transplant Games “is to visibly demonstrate the benefits of successful organ transplantation, work to increase public awareness of its success and thereby increase organ donation rates, as well as promote the full rehabilitation and wellbeing of participants”.
There are over 70 countries that take part in The World Transplant Games. To name a few:
- South Africa