The Winter Games were first held in Tignes France in 1994 and take place in the intervening years of the Summer Games, providing an opportunity for athletes to compete on the ski slopes.
Open for participation by athletes aged from 4 to 80+ years who have undergone either solid organ or bone marrow life saving transplants, these include Liver, Heart, Lung, Kidney, Pancreas and Bone Marrow.
The Games comprise of six days of competition and are held at a dedicated ski resort. It attracts smaller numbers (approximately 300 participants) from many different nations.
The Winter Games involve 12 different sporting disciplines and include biathlon, curling, giant slalom, parallel slalom, slalom, snowboarding and super giant slalom.
Anzère-Arbaz, Switzerland, will be the host of the 11th Winter World Transplant Games. http://wtgf.org/wintergames/
This bi-annual event takes place as a separate event within the World Transplant Winter Games.
Transplanted children from around the world are invited to a week of fun on the snow, learning to ski, mixing with other transplanted children, gaining in confidence and generally having fun.
The Nicholas Cup was founded in memory of Nicholas Green, a young American boy who was killed in Italy and whose family donated his organs for the benefit of others.
In January 2010 transplanted children travelled to Sainte Foy Tarentaise, France, to enjoy a week of fun on the snow – beginners in skiing but with some tuition, you can see the happy smiling faces in the picture on the left.
2014 France – La Chapelle d’Abondance
2012 Switzerland – Anzere
2010 France – Sainte Foy, Tarentaise
2008 Finland – Rovaniemi
2005 Poland – Zakopane (Nicholas Cup)
2004 Italy – Bormio
2001 Switzerland – Nendaz
1999 USA – Snowbird, Utah
1996 France – Pra Loup
1994 France – Tignes