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.”
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.”
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.”
Age 64 | Kidney Recipient
“Physical activity is not just a selected option but part of my daily living.”
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.”
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.”
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”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”