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2019 Summer World Transplant Games take place Saturday 17 to Friday 23 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, the Northumberland Club and NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Yes you can cancel your registration, however you will not receive a refund. If an athlete is found medically unfit by the WTG Medical Panel they shall receive a 85% refund (only if FULL payment was received by 15 May 2019).

Yes, medical teams will be on site at training and event venues and there will be designated Games Clinics at Newcastle Civic Centre and Hilton NewcastleGateshead.

Sports include:

  • athletics
  • archery
  • badminton (singles and doubles)
  • 10 pin bowling
  • cycling time trials and road races
  • darts,
  • football
  • golf
  • petanque (singles and doubles)
  • road race
  • squash
  • swimming
  • table tennis (singles and doubles)
  • tennis (singles and doubles)
  • 3 on 3 basketball
  • volleyball
    See sports and rules

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 are available here

Yes and all athletes must pledge that their conduct will reflect the highest level of sportsmanship and decorum – see Code of Conduct

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) – schedule will be posted soon.

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 and these will be available through the registration system. See Costs and packages.

We will be using a selection of the accommodation available locally including 4 star, standard, self-catering and University.

If you’re interested in extending your stay in NewcastleGateshead once your accommodation has been booked please get in touch with Julie (Julie.Rastelletti@ngi.org.uk) to arrange an extension to your booking.

NewcastleGateshead is compact and venues are accessible by Metro. Designated transport/transfers will operate from and to Newcastle International Airport, Central Station and Port of Tyne to Games accommodation on arrival and departure days 16 & 17 & 24 August (excludes accreditation only).

Designated transport throughout the Games to and from sports venues will utilise the designated transport provider (passes will be provided for Metro) where possible or alternative transport will be provided from and to designated pick up and drop off points.

More information to follow.

Registration is located at Newcastle Civic Centre. Team Managers are responsible for registering their participants.

The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 17 August – venue and time TBC.

The closing ceremony takes place on Friday 23 August. Venue and time TBC.

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.

Once we have allocated accommodation, we will advise team managers of where their team will be accommodated and include information with regards to local car parking, all accommodation will either have car parking on site or nearby.

Car parking is not included within the hotel packages and therefore if car parking is required this will be in addition to package costs. We will inform all participants once we have confirmation of their allocated accommodation.

There will be open, free and non-ticketed spectating at all venues/sports with the exception of volleyball and squash (strictly accreditation only due to capacity levels).

Please note access control may be in place at some venues.

Those on accreditation or accommodation packages will receive tickets for the social events in their competitor packs on registration.  A number of tickets for social events will be made available for participant’s family members/friends to purchase. Additional tickets may then be made available to the wider public to purchase. Costs and further details available July.