Quick facts and FAQs
Entry is open to all recipients of life supporting allografts and heamopoetic 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 the permission from their own doctor, their entry may be considered by the WTGF medical committee and be allowed.
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. Events TBC.
Organ transplant – individual must have received an organ from someone else and received immunosuppressant post-transplant.
Bone Marrow recipients – individuals who have received a bone marrow or stem cell transplant from a donor and are on, or, have been on immunosuppressants post-transplant.
Organ Failure post-transplant – eligibility for participants with a failed organ transplant that is stable on the following supportive therapies: kidney – on dialysis; pancreas – by Insulin; heart – artificial pump; small bowel – total parenteral nutrition.
In all cases of failing transplanted organs, participation will depend on residual capacity and current physical fitness.
Competitors or supporters should not attend any WTG event if they have an acute infectious illness or are suffering from a chronic infective process.
Living Donors – there are numerous events during the Games which are open to living donors including relay races with transplant recipient teams.
Supporters – the events schedule includes many events open to registered supporters including the Donor Run which takes place on Sunday 18 August 2019.
2019 Summer World Transplant Games take place Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 August.
The games take place in NewcastleGateshead. Newcastle, a city on the North bank of the River Tyne and Gateshead to the south, form a cultural hub in North East England. With coast and countryside just a short distance away, NewcastleGateshead and the wider region is packed with experiences for athletes and supporters to explore.
The games take place in world-class sporting venues including: Close House Golf resort, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Gateshead International Stadium, Sport Central, Kingston Park, Jesmond Tennis Club and NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
There are more than 7500 city centre bedrooms just a short distance from the main Games venues. Team managers will be selecting appropriate accommodation for teams before registration opens and they will advise participants in due course.
Registration is online and individuals can complete there or liaise with their National Team Manager.
December 2018 (TBC).
May 2019 (TBC).
Registration fees cover the cost of participating in the sports (up to 5 events).
Yes, Transplant recipients must submit a medical certificate.
Yes, medical teams will be on site at training and event venues. Clinics will also be available at Newcastle Civic Centre and Gateshead Stadium.
- badminton (singles and doubles)
- 10 pin bowling
- cycling time trials and road races
- petanque (singles and doubles)
- road race
- table tennis (singles and doubles)
- tennis (singles and doubles)
- 3 on 3 basketball
Athletes will compete by gender in the following age groups:
(18-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60-69), (70-79) and (80+).
Doubles events: (under 30), (30-49) and (50+).
Juniors will compete in events designated as junior events by gender in the following age groups:
(5 years and under), (6-8), (9-11), (12-14) and (15-17).
Juniors 16 or 17 years of age are permitted to compete in adult age events but must then compete only in adult events.
Age on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Games will apply.
A full set of rules published for the games – more information to follow.
Yes and all athletes must pledge that their conduct will reflect the highest level of sportsmanship and decorum – more information to follow.
The official results from each day’s competitions should be available online at the end of each day and to team managers within 24 hours.
Final results and the medals table should be published at the end of the Games.
Results from previous games can be viewed at: https://wtgf.org/results/
Yes for first 3 in each event, plus World Transplant Games Federation Awards including;
- Outstanding Team Award
- Outstanding Athlete Award (Men)
- Outstanding Athlete Award (Women)
- Junior Outstanding Athlete Award (Boys)
- Junior Outstanding Athlete Award (Girls)
- Maurice Slapak Award – Men’s 5K Road Race Team
- Peter Griffin Award – Men’s Swimming Freestyle Relay
- Orien Young Award – Men’s 4x100m Relay
Only limited equipment will be provided. All athletes should ensure that they have the correct equipment to compete.
The LOC will assist where possible but will only provide necessary consumables and a basic level of equipment. Please check the sport rules for further information.
Yes, there will be one training opportunity provided for athletes in every sport (normally at the competition venue) – see schedule.
NewcastleGateshead is compact and venues are accessible by Metro. Shuttle buses will operate from Newcastle International Airport to Games accommodation.
More information to follow.
Registration is located at Newcastle Civic Centre. Team Managers are responsible for registering their participants.
The opening ceremony will take pace on Saturday 17 August at Sports Central. Time TBC.
The closing ceremony takes place on Friday 23 August at Gateshead International Stadium. Time TBC.
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Some venues will be free to watch but access to some venues will only be available by Accreditation – more details to follow.
NewcastleGateshead is one of the driest cities in the UK. Average temperatures range from 12-19 degrees celsius in the Summer.
To the UK from outside the country is +44. If calling overseas dial 00 followed by the country code.
NewcastleGateshead is a safe city to visit however as in all major European cities it is recommended that you take the usual precautions to protect yourself and your personal belongings. When in the region in case of severe emergencies, dial 999 for police, fire or ambulance and for other incidents, theft or assault go to the nearest police station or contact Northumbria Police on 101.