World challenge for survivors

A team of inspirational transplant survivors are heading to South Africa to represent their country at the World Transplant Games.
A team of inspirational transplant survivors are heading to South Africa to represent their country at the World Transplant Games.
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A team of inspirational transplant survivors are heading to South Africa to represent their country at the World Transplant Games.

The athletes, part of the largest squad Transplant Sport has taken to a world games, will travel to Durban to compete from July 28 to August 4.

There are four athletes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire in the team, which is also taking more than 150 supporters.

The World Transplant Games, supported by the International Olympic Committee, is the largest organ donor awareness event in the world and features a week of 13 sporting events for more than 1,000 athletes.

The world event finish less than two weeks before the British Transplant Games are held in Sheffield.

Lynne Holt, team manager and trustee at Transplant Sport, said: “The World Transplant Games are a great opportunity for our transplant athletes to compete at an international level and to share their story and inspire people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“Not only are these athletes ambassadors for our country, but they are also representing the charity, Transplant Sport, and hope to raise more awareness of the need for more people to sign on to the Organ Donor Register and express their wishes with family and friends.

“Being an athlete on the team is an enormous commitment of both time and money.

“We are very much looking forward to participating in the World Games and hope our team will bring back as many medals as possible.”

The Star’s Gift of Life campaign aims to sign up 12,000 more organ donors before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.

n To register call 0300 123 23 23, text SAVE to 84118 or visit Organ Donation to register online.