The Australian Transplant Games are currently underway on the Gold Coast, with more than 700 transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, healthcare professionals and supporters taking part.
The Games, which are on until tomorrow, are Australia’s largest sporting event for transplant recipients with heart, lung, liver, kidney and bone marrow recipients from every Australian state and territory competing this year.
Teams from Thailand, New Zealand, Germany and the US are also visiting the Gold Coast to take part.
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Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas said it’s wonderful to see so many people enjoying their second chance at life at the Games on the Gold Coast.
“Our athletes demonstrate living proof that transplantation saves lives. What’s more, it allows them a quality of life they might not have experienced for years. They can participate in sport, become parents, explore the world, all because of the generosity of someone else,” he said.
“Events like the Australian Transplant Games capture the imagination of the public to inspire more people to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. We know that the more names on the register, the more lives will be saved.”
As Australia’s largest awareness event for organ and tissue donation, Mr Thomas said the biennial Games exist to inspire all Aussies to join the Organ Donor Register.
“With over 1,400 people currently on transplant waiting lists and a further 11,000 people on dialysis, the more names on the Register, the more lives can be saved.”