THE 17th World Transplant Games are back bigger and better this year, and will be held in no better location than the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast will come alive August 22-30 when participants from 50 countries will take part in the event, which includes 14 sports including athletics, swimming, table tennis, badminton, lawn bowls, cycling and volleyball.
The Games epitomize the idea of life after organ transplant and donation. They athletes are 'living proof' that organ and tissue donation works.
The World Transplant Games have been around for almost 30 years. The first Transplant Olympics were held in Portsmouth 1978, when only four teams took part. The Transplant Games have since exploded and now attract around 3000 competitors from across the globe.
The Games are the single biggest organ donation and transplantation awareness event in the world.
There are up to 70 member countries of the World TransplantGames Federation, most of whom now have their very own National Transplant Sportsorganisations.
The International Summer Games are held every two years while the Winter Games are held every year in between.
Past six World Transplant Games:
2007 Bangkok, Thailand
2005 London, Canada
2003 Nancy, France
2001 Kobe, Japan
1999 Budapest, Hungary
1997 Sydney, Australia
The games are open to those aged anywhere from four to 85 who've received a life-saving organ transplant and are on immunosuppressant medication. To be eligible to attend the World Transplant Games, athletes with kidney, liver, heart, lung, bonemarrow or pancreas transplants are accepted. All participants must be medically fit.
For eligibility, please contact your country representative, visit http://www.wtgf.org/
The Games include everything from 10-pin bowling, tennis, volleyball, lawn bowls, and cycling to name a few.
For a full list of events and times, checkout the Transplant Games schedule.
Click here to view the events map.
When: August 22-30, 2009
Where: various sporting venues across the Gold Coast.
Tickets for the 17th World Transplant Games go on sale 20th of August from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Ticket numbers are limited and prices start at $10 for some events. The opening ceremony is free of charge.
The World Transplant Games Tickets for Sale page has a full list of events and ticket prices.
To confirm your donor wishes are upheld, you need to talk with your family or loved one about your donor wish, as your family has the final say. Confirm this on the Australian Organ Donor Register online at Medicare Australia www.donorregister.gov.au
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