Current Ambassadors

Learn a bit about our Fit for Life! Ambassadors

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Jennifer Dicker – Victoria, Australia

Age 49 | Liver Recipient

“I realised it would be easy to remain inactive and I would need to put in real effort. With determination and intensive physiotherapy, I managed to re-build muscle strength, bone density and regain the ability to walk.”

Linda Petrovski – Victoria, Australia

Age 50 | Kidney Recipient

“I believe that becoming fit and healthy through regular exercise and nutritious eating has ultimately saved my life. My passion now is to give back by being the best I can be and leading by example.”

Peter Champion – NSW, Australia

Age 58 | Liver Recipient

“I remember when I asked my Physician what is the best thing that I can do to prepare for my transplant? He answered, “be positive and keep fit” and so I did. I took it easy but still I would ride whenever I could. Diet and exercise is my mantra and is what I preach to everyone.”

Heilie Uys – Cape St Francis, South Africa

Age 64 | Kidney Recipient

“Physical activity is not just a selected option but part of my daily living.”

Hermann Steyn – Cape Town, South Africa

Age 66 | Heart Recipient

“My transplant has given me a renewed appreciation for my body, my life and also helped to shift my perspective. I am now living a full life again.”

Henk Goris – Durban, South Africa

Age 26 | Kidney Recipient

“4 Hours now has an absolute new meaning for me. From not moving an inch at a dialysis session, it is now possible for me to cover 100 kilometres in the same amount of time using my own strength.”

Alexandre Humeau – Toulouse, France

Age 25 | Liver Recipient

“My aim is to make people speak about this subject, to answer questions, and to prove that’s it’s more than saving a life. Powered by the gift of life is my motto”

Lara Beekman – Switzerland

Age 44 | Liver Recipient

“I would love to inspire transplant patients to make sport part of their daily lives. Speaking 4 languages makes it easier to communicate with all kinds of people and share this important message.”

Pablo Garcia – Bogota, Colombia

Age 29 | Kidney Recipient

“I always start my training by feeling my kidney, and using the the strength of the donor that lives within me.”

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.

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.

Chantal Bausch – Bremen, Germany

Age 23  |  Heart Recipient

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. After spending a year in hospital, Chantal’s first priority was muscle growth. She had a bumpy start post transplant and had to be taught at home for half the year.

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.

Aris Jan Van Ek – Netherlands

Age 56  |  Kidney Transplant

Quote: “I also had to learn that being able to do sports is not about running a marathon or beating personal records all the time, it is all about being able to do it. Take the opportunity, see the benefits. I can show you the way.”

Hagit Siman-Tov – Israel

Age 45  |  Liver Transplant

Quote: “I know I was given a very precious gift, one that many wish for but do not get. It is my second chance at life and I am the only one responsible to keep my gift safe.”

Kate Phillips – Australia

Age 32  |  Heart & Double Lung Transplant

Born with congenital heart disease and Pulmonary Hypertension, there were always limits around what Kate could do. After a cardiac arrest at 24, Kate was considered a high risk of sudden death, and yet it was then that she decided to become a triathlete.

Martin Wong – Hong Kong

Age 54  |  Kidney Transplant

Quote: “Being fit is important! I did not know when I would receive the transplant, so I did my best to remain fit so that my body would be ready to undergo the operation.”

Stephanie Keustermans – Belgium

Age 23  |  Double Lung Transplant

Quote: “The World Transplant Games was the best experience of my life, every medal I ever won I dedicate to my organ donors. They gave me the gift of life.”

Nico Zonneveld – Netherlands

Age 73  |  Kidney Transplant

Quote: “For me, my hero will always be my wife, Marijke, who gave me this precious gift, the gift of life.”