It was with tremendous sadness that we share the news that Life Member Dr Antony Harding passed away over the weekend. Tony, from Launceston, Tasmania, enjoyed 32 years of extra life with his liver transplant. He often shared the story that the first thing he accomplished following his transplant was sky-diving. For more years than we can remember he was the resident historian for Transplant Australia maintaining every record of each World and Australian Games. So much so when you now look back and wonder about his first games and when he was NSW Chair, you want to ring the resident historian to check – because he knew everything! But I am reliably told his first Games were the World Transplant Games in Sydney in 1997. He became a Life Member in 2007 and was Chair of the Australian Games in Newcastle in 2012.
A former Flag Bearer, Tony’s other claim to fame was disqualifying the then President of the World Transplant Games Federation, Olivier Coustere, for arriving late to his time for petanque in Thailand. Tony loved rules.
Everyone at the office and the NSW Committee is very saddened by this news from his sister. Tony had recently gone on to dialysis and was hoping to receive another liver and a kidney transplant. Details of Tony’s funeral will be made available on our website as they come to hand.