ABOUT THE GAMES
Australia’s most inspirational sporting event, The Australian Transplant Games is held every two years. The Games provide living proof of the success of transplantation and encourage all Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families.
In 2016 The Australian Transplant Games will be held in Western Sydney, bringing together up to 1,500 people touched by organ and tissue donation from across Australia and overseas. Athletes come from a range of cultural, age and socio-economic demographics – but they all have one goal – to demonstrate the gift of life at the Australian Transplant Games.
Many Transplant recipients use the Games as motivation to a greater end goal, setting various health and fitness targets along the way as they train for The Games. The Australian Transplant Games is also the country’s largest awareness activity for organ and tissue donation. Each year the Games draw a large amount of national, state and local media attention. Transplant Australia boasts an enviable record of influencing public understanding of organ and tissue donation through the staging of the Australian Transplant Games.
The Australian Transplant Games were first held over three days in Melbourne in 1988 with 150 recipient competitors competing in Tennis (at the Kooyong courts), Golf, Table Tennis, Lawn Bowls and for children, Quoits.
Thereafter, the Australian Transplant Games have been held every two years in different cities in different states or territories of Australia. The Games now last for an entire week and cover a multitude of sports and recreational activities. Individuals have the opportunity to try out sports they have not participated in before as there are a range of different sports on offer throughout The Games.
The spirit of the Australian Transplant Games is to encourage individuals to be involved in a sporting competition, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many competitors previously may not have been able to engage in any sort of sporting activity due to their illness. The quality and determination of competitors has led to many participants being selected to represent Australia at the World Transplant Games, held every other two years, with Australia continually being one of the top five nations competing.