Virtual Tenpin Challenge

The WTGF hosts the first World Transplant Virtual Tenpin Bowling Challenge and turns every strike into a victory!

Tenpin bowling is very popular amongst recipients and is often played during their rehabilitation stage. This safe and low impact sport offers many health benefits and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Tenpin bowling is a safe and fun way to reintegrate movement and physical activity into one’s life post-transplant.

Being one of the largest sports of the summer World Transplant Games, it was an obvious choice to offer a virtual Tenpin Challenge. The challenge aimed to encourage our Transplant Community to air out their bowling bags, dust off their bowling balls, and flex their bowling skills for the 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth.

The virtual Tenpin Bowling Challenge, open to both Transplant Recipients and the extended Transplant Community (Living Donor, Donor family, Health Professional, Family, Friends) opened on 15th March 2022 and ran for two months with participation from 9 member countries in a three games series competition.

Bowlers could compete in the Individual and Pairs Category and submit multiple scores with their best score being uploaded to the bi-weekly Leaderboard. The challenge also offered a ‘Best Averages’ competition for bowlers playing 3 rounds or more during the challenge period. A fun prize giveaway and most rounds played category added a fun element to the challenge.

All participants received a Certificate of Participation and Medal Pin while the winners in each category received Medals and WTGF gift hampers as part of their prize.

It was great to see some familiar and new faces in the bowling community with bowlers saying the challenge encouraged them to get out, have fun and spend some time with family and friends.

 Feedback from players:


“We both thoroughly enjoyed competing in the virtual event. We had a few people ask why we were taking photos on occasions, which we can only put down as a good thing as it gave us an opportunity to chat to them about transplant sport and the yearly games”.
Glen & Karen Mills – United Kingdom


“We both thoroughly enjoyed competing in the virtual event we both would happily compete in future, not only for ourselves but for getting the awareness and message out about transplant sport.”
Glen & Karen Mills – United Kingdom


“Thank you so much, this was a fun event. It’s so great to see so many supporters in the transplant world. If you haven’t experienced it, you really have no idea what happens.  It’s the scariest thing and the most miraculous thing all at the same time”.
Eric DeCesare & Virginia Doepping – USA

“I think WTG should do more events like this!! It provides a way to promote the games and also get others involved with training and meeting others. We had several members of the public speak with us and it opened up conversation about the games and transplant.”
Amy Frackowiak – USA


Click on the button below to view the final Leaderboards.

Help us to make a difference #PoweredbytheGiftofLife