One of Australia’s most inspirational sporting events, the Australian Transplant Games, is coming to the Gold Coast later this month.
The biannual event will be held on the glitter strip from September 30 to October 6, and will see more than 700 transplant recipients compete in an array of sports.
The Australian Transplant Games is the largest sporting event in the country for transplant recipients, and gives them an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for the gift of life to their donor families, healthcare professionals and supporters.
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The event also promotes the need for more Australians to register as organ donors, and Olympic swimmers Brooke Hanson, Melanie Schlanger (now Wright) and Alice Mills (now Tait), and weightlifter Damon Kelly have signed on as ambassadors to help push the message.
Gold and Silver Medallist Brooke Hanson told myGC she was thrilled to be involved with the Australian Transplant Games.
“I am pleased to be an ambassador for the Australian Transplant Games and am looking forward to meeting with children and adults alike who have all received the gift of life,” she said.
“We would all love to be a hero, and if you register as an organ donor, you’ll be helping others when they need it most.”
A special launch event for the Games was held at Queensland Parliament on Thursday, with Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni, Queensland Minister for Health Steven Miles, Olympian Alice Mills and 12-year-old transplant recipient Ellie McCarthy in attendance.
Ellie received part of her mother’s liver in 2011, and said she is looking forward to participating in the 3km run, 100m and 200m sprints, long jump and shotput at the Games.
“[The Australian Transplant Games] shows the public what transplant recipients can do with their new life and encourages people to join the Register,” she said.
The Australian Transplant Games will be held on the Gold Coast from September 30 to October 6. For more information, or to register to take part, visit: https://australiantransplantgames.com/