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 WTGs will be in 2019 in Newcastle-Gateshead. The 2021 World Transplant Games will be in Houston, Texas.
The Australian Team
Transplant Australia is excited to be putting together the Australian team for the 2019 World Transplant Games to be held in Newcastle, Gateshead UK.
Transplant Australia, as the official country representative to the World Transplant Games Federation and recognised by the Australian Government as the national sporting organisation with a disability 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.
There’s no greater gift than the gift of life and athletes from so many countries worldwide are living proof of that.
The Transplant Australia World Transplant Games Management Group:
Team Manager: Margaret Hill
High Performance Manager: Matty Hempstalk
Assistant Manager: Julie Edwards
Questions & Answers for the Australian Team
1/ Is there selection policy to be part of 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.
2/ Do you have to be an athlete or a sporty person to attend?
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.
3/ What can I expect the costs to be?
We suggest you budget around $4500 per person which covers flights, registrations and uniforms
4/ Is there any financial support from Transplant Australia for me to attend?
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 [email protected] to request a Fundraising Application form.
5/ What does High performance mean?
High performance refers to athletes who train 2-3 times a week and compete (main stream) on a regular basis in their chosen sport.
6/ Can supporters enter in any 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.
7/ Will the registration cost be in UK Pounds?
The Australian Team will be invoiced in a pre-determined rate in Australian dollars that equates to the registration fee in UK Pounds. Team members will be invoiced by Transplant Australia in Australian dollars to be paid by Feb 1 for Early bird or May 1 for standard registration.
8/ Will I be required to pay additional costs for events that I enter?
No. At the World Games the registration cost covers all sports.
9/ Travel Insurance.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all team members.
Transplant Australia is currently looking into obtaining Travel Insurance through an Insurance Broker to cover individual team members. More information will be available shortly.
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 night on Friday 16th August 2019