Athletes competing at the World Transplant Games have one thing in common; they’ve all had a successful organ transplant. By taking part, they join athletes from over 55 countries who compete at the largest sporting event for transplant recipients in the world.
The World Transplant Games are held every two years in different cities. Staged by the World Transplant Games Federation, the Games unite thousands of transplant recipients from across the globe.
Australia has a proud legacy of achievement on the global stage, coming 6th in the medal tally in the 2017 World Transplant Games in Spain.
The next WTG will be held from the 16th -23rd of August 2025 in Dresden, Germany.
There’s no greater gift than the gift of life and athletes from so many countries worldwide are living proof of that.
The Australian Team Information Session
The Australian Team
Transplant Australia is excited to be putting together the Australian team for the 2023 World Transplant Games to be held in Perth, Western Australia.
Transplant Australia, as the official country representative to the World Transplant Games Federation, is recognised by the Australian Government as a National Sporting Organisation with a disability, that is responsible for sending the Australian team to the World Transplant Games.
Everything you need to join the Australian team is listed here. We hope you can join us.
The Transplant Australia World Transplant Games Management Group:
Team Manager: Margaret Hill
Assistant Manager: Julie Moloney
Questions & Answers for the Australian Team
No there is no selection policy (Like other countries) but you must be a financial member of Transplant Australia, sign the athlete’s policy, receive medical clearance from your transplant doctor and agree to the team rules.
Insurance, Special Event ( opening Ceremony, Cultural Night, Closing Gala Dinner) Sports Entry, Transport and Registration Materials
Yes, you are required to stay at one of the official games hotels select but the team management . This is so the team managers can update you during the week if there is any changes etc.
Except if you live in Perth.
The cost of the team dinner is $25 per adult. Transplant Australia is covering the cost of juniors to attend the dinner.
No, you don’t have to be athlete or a sporty person, but it’s expected that you will know the rules, can play/finish your chosen sports/events.
We suggest you budget around $3,000 per person which covers flights, registrations and uniforms.
Transplant Australia is always looking for sponsorship for the team, but you should budget to cover the full costs. Transplant Australia funds the management team travelling with you and a team doctor. We hope to also have a physiotherapist to help the team throughout the week.
Individual team members can fundraise through the Transplant Australia fundraising program to cover Games costs. If interested, please contact Julie Edwards on 02 9922 5400 or Julie.Edwards@transplant.org.au to request a Fundraising Application form.
12 -24 year olds can apply for the Local Para Champions funding through Sports Australia.
Sports Australia has recommended applying within the next round, opening 1 October and closing 31 December, that way if the applicant is successful, she would receive the funding prior to competition. For further information, please visit https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local-para-champions
This allows $750 per athlete plus travel allowances (which may or may not be applicable).
We are comfortable for accredited coaches to receive a day pass at no cost to assist their athlete in their sporting events.
Donor families and living donors are the only supporters who can enter events at the Games and their specific events are clearly indicated on the registration system.
Australian Team members will be invoiced by Transplant Australia in Australian dollars to be paid by November 1 2022 for Early bird or March 2 2023 for standard registration.
No. At the World Games the registration cost covers all sports.
The following cancellation policy applies to the refund of registration fees for the 2023 World Transplant Games:
- Cancellations made on or before 4 February 2023 (10 weeks prior) will receive a 100% refund (less bank charges).
- Cancellations made between 5 February 2023 and up to and including 4 March 2023 (6 weeks prior) will receive a 70% refund.
- Cancellations made on or after 5 March 2023 (6 weeks prior) will not receive any refund.
Please note if the Medical LOC does not approve your medical certificates and denies you participation in the Games, you will be granted a 100% refund so long as you have met the deadline date for submission. Should you be forced to cancel your own attendance at the games for medical or personal reasons, the normal cancellation policies will apply. It is essential that you take your own travel insurance to assist with cancellation charges.
The above policy and the dates are based on a games which commences on 15th April 2023.
Eligibility and Australian Team Rules
- Entry is open to all recipients of life-supporting allografts and heamopoetic cell transplants from other individual or species which require or have required the use of immunosuppressive drug therapies.
- Competitors must have been transplant for at least 1 year, with stable graft function and medically fit and know the rules and trained for the events in which they have entered.
- Donor families and Living Donors are invited to take part in a selected array of sports events.
- Must be a financial member of Transplant Australia
- Signed the Athletes or Supporters Agreement.
- Must attend the Team Function
12-18 years old
Local Sports Champions