Rallying call to cheer on athletes at games

British Transplant Games......at Don Valley....competing in the high jump
British Transplant Games......at Don Valley....competing in the high jump
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Inspirational athletes are taking to sporting venues across Sheffield – and people are urged to cheer them on.

The British Transplant Games is starting this afternoon, with the official launch and opening ceremony tonight.

A parade of transplant survivors will leave Devonshire Green at 6.30pm and head to Sheffield City Hall, where the games flame will be officially lit to kick off the four days of sports and raise awareness of organ donation.

The launch will also feature Bollywood dancing and a poem read by a young transplant survivor.

It be a celebration of The Star’s Gift of Life campaign, which recruited more than 22,000 organ donors from the area before the games began.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture and environment, said: “Sheffield is proud to be hosting the British Transplant Games this year and we’re expecting more than 2,000 visitors to the city over the four-day event.

“There is also the significant benefit that it will increase awareness of the importance of organ donation by demonstrating how it saves and transforms lives.

“I hope it will inspire more people in Sheffield to discuss donation and sign up.”

Archery, snooker and squash competitions begin this afternoon, with other sports, including athletics, golf, darts,bowls and cycling, taking place at venues across Sheffield until Sunday.