The World Transplant Games Federation is proud to announce their first 12 Fit for Life! ambassadors.

Follow our Fit for Life! Ambassadors and the work they are doing by visiting our WTGF Fit for Life Facebook page

Ashleigh Mounger – SC, USA

Age 29  |  Liver Recipient

Growing up Ashleigh was always active in multiple sports and a very competitive athlete. She attended college and earned degrees in both Exercise Science and Psychology so that she could encourage and educate others about the importance of being healthy and fit both physically and mentally.

Chantal Bausch – Bremen, Germany

Age 23  |  Heart Recipient

Transplant Received: 23 June 2015

Chantal Bausch is a 23-year-old recipient who received a heart transplant 11 years ago.  As a child she was playing hockey, tennis and golf from the young age of 6.

Claude Laflamme – Ontario, Canada

Age 53  |  Kidney Recipient

Claude realized quickly after his transplant that this precious gift of life deserves the utmost respect.

He decided to live his life to the fullest following three core principles:  regular physical activity, healthy nutrition and a positive outlook on life.

Cristian Ezequiel Garrido – Cordoba, Argentina

Age 25  |  Lungs Recipient

Cristian received a lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis, a chronic genetic disease for which he had always been under intensive treatment.  He found in sports a tool to care for himself, be a role model and at the same time spread awareness on organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis.

Emma Hilton – Midddlesex, United Kingdom

Age 26  |  Heart Recipient

Emma Hilton is a heart transplant recipient of 14 years. Post transplant she was told that the two main issues facing young people after transplantation were: non-compliance of their drugs and a lack of exercise due to a misunderstanding of the benefits of sport on transplanted individuals.

Hitoshi Totsuka – Japan

Age 47  |  Kidney Recipient

On April 15, 1998 Hitoshi received a kidney from his mother and began a new life, he was 17 at the time.

The sickness that had removed his ability to play sports was suddenly gone from his life and he was once again able to be active.

Luis Francisco Sanz Diaz – Madrid, Spain

Age 28  |  Kidney Recipient

Since a child, sport has always been a big part of Fran Sanz’s life, he was always running, jumping, playing, and competing. In 2006, at the age of 17, he was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis interstitial. It was a huge blow to receive the news and even more having to go through dialysis at such a young age.

Matthew Field – Manawatu, New Zealand

Age 29  |  Kidney Recipient

Growing up sport was everything to Matthew, he always dreamed of competing at high level, and played Football and Cricket at a regional level for Manawatu, first XV Rugby at high school and premier grade Rugby league for Victoria University of Wellington.

Montague Summers – Queensland, Australia

Age 27  |  Bone Marrow Recipient

Montague received his bone marrow transplant at the age of 18 from an unrelated donor, during treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. During his treatment he found solace in running, the few minutes of running which his body allowed him, helped him remain focused on life…

Ronald Grainger – Dublin, Ireland

Age 66  |  Kidney Recipient

Ron was diagnosed with an inherited degenerative kidney disorder at the of 32, and was aware that by his early 50’s, he would develop end stage renal failure and require renal replacement therapy, either dialysis or transplant. As chronic renal failure became a reality, his fitness levels deteriorated significantly.

Sonia Carolina Vargas Ropero – Bogota, Colombia

Age 33  |  Kidney & Pancreas Recipient

Sonia received her kidney and pancreas transplant on 25 December 2012, and with that felt a new opportunity had invaded her body. There was brightness in her eyes, a constant spontaneous smile on her face, and her body and soul were surrounded by an amazing feeling of peace…

Suretha Maartens – Mpumalanga, South Africa

Age 29  |  Kidney Recipient

Suretha Maartens received a kidney transplant in 2011, after living a perfectly healthy and active life. After her transplant she was reluctant to become part of a transplant sport organization for the fear that she would be seen as different and somewhat scarred.