We are pleased to announce that Perth, Australia will host the 23rd World Transplant Games from 15th – 21st April 2023. This will be the third time the Games have been staged in Australia with previous Games in Sydney in 1997 and the Gold Coast in 2009.
With its modern sporting facilities, excellent health care services and great climate, Perth was unanimously voted as the host city by the WTGF Board of Trustees.
The Games are open to those who have received, heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, stem cells and bone marrow transplants, and will bring up to 3 000 transplant athletes, their families and supporters together for a week celebrating the ultimate gift – the gift of life.
WHAT DATES WILL THE GAMES BE HELD
The Games will be held between Saturday April 15 to Friday April 21, 2023.
WHO IS HOSTING THE GAMES
The Games will be hosted by Transplant Australia who won a competitive bid to host the Games.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE GAMES
The Games have two objectives – to promote organ donation and encourage more people across the world to register and support donation; and to help recipients improve their health and fitness around their transplanted organ.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE
Entry is open to all recipients of life-supporting allografts and hematopoietic cell transplants from other individuals or species, which require or have required the use of immunosuppressive drug therapies.
Competitors must have been transplanted for at least 1 year, with stable graft function, be medically fit, and have trained for the events in which they have entered.
If a potential competitor has been transplanted for at least 6 months, with stable graft function, has been training, and has permission from their own doctor, their entry may be considered by the WTGF medical committee and be allowed to enter.
Age participation is from 4 years to 80+ years.
Donor families and Living donors are invited to take part in a select array of sporting events, to help recognise their contribution. These include 5km road race, 50m freestyle swim, 100m athletic sprint, ball throw, and long jump.
All competitions must be members of their relevant WTGF country member organisation.
WHAT SPORTS WILL BE ON OFFER
Athletics, Badminton, 3on3 Basketball, Cycling, Darts, Petanque, 5k Road Race, Sprint Triathlon, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Volleyball with potential optional sports of Beach Volleyball and Lawn Bowls.
WHAT ABOUT THE PANDEMIC
Transplant Australia is confident that by 2023 vaccinations for COVID-19 will have been rolled out throughout the world and that international travel and confidence in traveling will have returned. Nevertheless, it is taking into consideration all factors related to the pandemic and has built into the contractual arrangements the option to postpone the Games in the unlikely event the pandemic is still causing problems
WHEN WILL REGISTRATION OPEN
Transplant Australia anticipate opening registration for the Games in April 2022
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION
Transplant Australia will open a dedicated website in April 2021. In the meantime key information will be available at www.transplant.org.au
ABOUT TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA
Transplant Australia is the national charity for organ donation and transplantation is a DonateLife Partner and is recognized by Sport Australia as a National Sporting Organisation with a Disability. It has an active WA State Committee led by Julie Edmonds.