Questions and Answers

The 23th World Transplant Games will be staged in Perth, Western Australia, in April 2023. Here are some questions and answers about these games:

Q:        What is happening on Monday, January 4?

A:         The Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Richard Colbeck, will officially announce that the Commonwealth has provided Transplant Australia with $600,000 to help stage the World Transplant Games in Perth in 2023.

Q:        Who is hosting the Games?

A:         The Games will be hosted by Transplant Australia which won a competitive bid to host the Games. It has appointed an Executive Committee, led by Julie Edmonds, in Perth to help coordinate the Games.

Q:        Who awarded them?

A:         The Games are owned by the World Transplant Games Federation which met in August to review Transplant Australia’s bid. A unanimous decision of the trustees awarded the Games to Perth.

Q:        Who is eligible to compete?

A:         Entry is open to all recipients of life supporting allografts and heamopoetic cell transplants from other individuals or species which require or have required the use of immunosuppressive drug therapies.

Competitors must have been transplanted for at least 1 year, with stable graft function, be medically fit and have trained for the events in which they have entered.

If a potential competitor has been transplanted for at least 6 months, with stable graft function, has been training and has permission from his own doctor, his entry may be considered by the WTGF medical committee and be allowed.

Age participation is from 4 years to 80+ years.

Donor Families and Living donors are invited to take part in a select array of sporting events to help recognise their contribution. These include: 5km road race, 50m freestyle swim, 100m athletics sprint, ball throw and long jump.

All competitors must be members of their relevant WTGF country member organisation.

Q:        What dates will be the Games be held?

A:         The Games will be held between Saturday April 15 to Friday April 21, 2023.

Q:        What sports will be on offer?

A:         Athletics, Badminton, 3on3 Basketball, Cycling, Darts, Petanque, 5k Road Race, Sprint Triathlon, Squash, Swimming, Golf, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Volleyball with potential optional sports of Beach Volleyball and Lawn Bowls.

Q:        What is the purpose of the Games?

A:         The Games have two objectives – to promote organ donation and encourage more people across the world to register and support donation; and to help recipients improve their health and fitness around their transplanted organ.

Q:        Where have the Games previously been held?

A:         The Games have been held on the continents of Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. This will be the third time the Games have been staged in Australia with previous Games in Sydney in 1997 and the Gold Coast in 2009. They were last staged in Newcastle, England, in 2019. They were due to be held in Houston, Texas, in 2021 but were cancelled because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Q:        What about the pandemic?

A:         Transplant Australia is confident that by 2023 vaccinations for COVID-19 will have been rolled out throughout the world and international travel and confidence in travelling will have returned. Nevertheless it is taking into consideration all factors related to the pandemic and has built in to the contractual arrangements the option to postpone the Games in the unlikely event the pandemic is still causing problems.

Q:        Who is supporting the Games?

A:         The Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Richard Colbeck and the Commonwealth Minister responsible for organ and tissue donation, Minister Mark Coulton, are supporting the Games with a Federal Government grant. The Commonwealth Organ & Tissue Authority is also locked in.

Other support from the State Government and Perth City Council and sponsors will be announced during 2021.

Q:        When will registration open?

A:         Transplant Australia anticipates opening registration for the Games 12 months out in April 2022.

Q:        Where can I get more information?

A:         Transplant Australia will open a dedicated website in April 2021. In the meantime key information will be available at www.transplant.org.au.

About the WTGF

The WTGF exists to promote organ donation and support transplant recipients around the world. It has more than 70 member countries and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a Multi-Sports Organisation. It is also an Associate Member of the Global Association for International Sporting Federations. The current President is Australian Chris Thomas who is also the CEO of Transplant Australia.

About Transplant Australia?

Transplant Australia is the national charity for organ donation and transplantation, is a DonateLife Partner and is recognized by Sport Australia as a National Sporting Organisation with a Disability. It has an active WA State Committee lead by Julie Edmonds.