Living an active and healthy lifestyle is important for all Australians, but it is particularly important for transplant recipients. It is widely recognised that remaining fit and active after transplantation will keep you feeling great and give your organ the best possible chance of survival.
Transplant Australia encourages and supports our members to remain physically active post transplantation and provides a number of platforms to do this. As the governor of transplant sports in Australia and a partner of the Australian Sports Commission, we see it as our role to provide transplant recipients with fun and accessible sporting options.
The Australian Transplant Games are just one example of the inspiring sports program that is run by Transplant Australia. The Games are held ever two years in a different city in Australia and transplant recipients are encouraged to set health and fitness goals that can be bench marked at the Games. Every other year Transplant Australia sends a team to compete at the World Transplant Games, giving transplant recipients to demonstrate their second chance at life on the world’s stage.
The Australian Transplant Cricket Club is another example of a platform for physical activity after transplantation. The ATCC has been raising awareness for organ donation and competing against teams from around Australia and the UK for over 10 years and they welcome new players to get involved.
Or are you a swimmer? Or perhaps Athletics? Transplant Australia has partnered with Swimming Australia and Athletics Australia to recognise transplant recipients under the multi-class sports program. This means that transplant recipients can now compete at a high, elite level of sport in consideration of their transplant.
And we have more sports coming in 2015! Stay tuned for information on Transplant Golf, Transplant Football and the Transplant Kids Exercise for Life Program.