Many wonderful individuals were honoured at the 15th Australian Transplant Games Gala Dinner in 2016.
The night was a celebration of the Western Sydney Games but more importantly, of the people who make it the most inspiring sporting event in the country – our athletes, recipients, living donors, donor families and those that support them.
The Victor Chang Memorial Shield went to TEAM NSW.
First awarded in 1992, this shield is won by the Australian State/Territory with the highest points score (excluding juniors) over the entire competition. Dedicated to the memory of St Vincent’s Hospital heart transplant pioneer Dr Victor Chang.
The Donor Family Shield went to the QUEENSLAND TEAM
First awarded in 1998, this shield is won by the state team with the highest average number of total medal points per State representative (excluding juniors). Donated to Transplant Australia by a donor family consortium.
Accepting the award for the Sunshine State were Alan McKaskill, Richard Wallace, Aaron Williams, Richard Hayes, Rosemary Hughes, Montague ‘ Monty’ Summers, Kate Clark, Kate Rootsey, Steve Arthy, Mary Allbrow, Robyn Kirkman, Sue Rixon, Mona Holden, Luke Rose, Matty Hempstalk and Peter Prichard.
The Mark Cocks Memorial Juniors Shield went to TEAM NSW
First awarded in 2004, this shield is presented to the most successful state team of junior competitors (aged 17 and under). Dedicated to the memory of Mark Cocks, AM, Transplant Australia’s first chief executive officer from 1996 until shortly before his death in 2007. Mark was a world-ranked professional tennis player and kidney transplant recipient.
The David Cairns Memorial Juniors Shield went to TEAM NSW
First awarded in 2012, this award is to be made to the most successful State team per competitor of junior competitors (aged 17 and under). Dedicated to the memory of David Cairns, co-founder of Transplant Australia and first life member of Transplant Australia. David was a well-respected University Lecturer and kidney transplant recipient.
The Astellas Transplant Hospital Challenge went to the ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL, SYDNEY
An award sponsored by Astellas to recognise the most successful transplant recipient team representing their transplant unit.
The Athletes of the Games Shield was awarded to Michelle Daley and Montague ‘Monty’ Summers, who won the Most Outstanding Female Athlete and Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the 15th Australian Transplant Games respectively.
This Shield is awarded to the most outstanding performance by an Australian male and female transplant athlete at the Games.
The Jan and Daryl Wall International Shield went to Saint Kennach from New Zealand.
This Shield is awarded to the most successful international athlete at the Games. The Award is in recognition of the long-standing contribution of both Jan and Daryl Wall to both international and national transplant games.
DonateLife Shield was awarded to Julie Edwards
One of the most touching moments from the Gala Dinner was when the audience gave the well-respected and beloved Julie a standing ovation.
The Clifford T Henderson Awards went to Glenda Rayment and Nigel Goldsworthy
Named after the father of Jan Wall, awards are presented by Jan Wall to the male and female who best demonstrated the “Spirit of the Games”. Jan Wall was our longest-serving Australian team manager and a Transplant Australia life member.
The Lorraine McLeod Memorial Trophy was won by Kerrin Litchfield, from Victoria
This trophy is awarded for spirited and sporting participation in women’s tennis. This award is named in memory of Lorraine McLeod and presented by her husband.
The Jack Nolan Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ashlea Austin
An encouragement award named after Jack Nolan, a heart transplant recipient who, upon his death, donated his corneas. Presented by Jack’s wife, Flick Nolan, this is usually awarded to someone who may not necessarily be a good athlete, but tries hard, often without success.
It is wonderful to win trophies, shields and awards – but everyone loves R2D2. Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas heard that R2D2 was Ashlea’s favourite Star Wars character, so made a special presentation to a very deserving young woman.