WATCH: Local transplant recipient gearing up to compete at Australian Transplant Games

More than 700 competitors are set to take part in the Australian Transplant Games when they kick off on the Gold Coast this Sunday.

Heart transplant recipient Rebecca Craven, 29, is one of the locals set to line up to take part in the athletics at the Games.

When she was 24, Ms Craven was given the devastating news that she had heart failure after contracting a nasty virus while holidaying in Bali. The budding model had a mechanical heart for eight months before a suitable human heart became available in early 2016.


Now healthy and well, Ms Craven said she was so excited to be competing at the Australian Transplant Games

“I used to do athletics before I got sick, so I am going to give athletics a go again at the Games,” she told myGC.

She also hopes to inspire people to register as organ donors.

“Organ donation is very important. Make sure you register because it saves lives.”

The Australian Transplant Games are taking place on the Gold Coast from September 30 to October 6.

To register as an organ donor, please visit, and for more information on the Australian Transplant Games, visit

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Australian Transplant Games


Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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