Team GB the largest in the World

25th April 2019

Less than 4 months to go until the World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead

The largest team in the world will be representing Great Britain and NI at the World Transplant Games 17 – 24th August, 2019.

The team, the largest ever, with 330 transplant athletes, including 36 juniors, 15 live donors and 400+ supporters, will be descending on NewcastleGateshead. 40% of the team are new members and all the transplant athletes have been selected following their success at last year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Birmingham. They have all survived a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, small bowel or bone marrow transplant, and come from all parts of the UK..

The World Transplant Games take place every 2 years, and are supported by the International Olympic Committee. It represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring a week of 17 sporting events. Team Great Britain and NI (Team GB) will join over 1000 other transplant athletes and live donors from 60 countries across the globe.

Lynne Holt, Team Manager said: “We are delighted to be demonstrating the benefits of transplantation with 330 in Team GB. We aim to exceed the Gold medals won at the World Transplant Games in Malaga in 2017, and to win the Trophy for the best team! They certainly deserve the same recognition as the Olympic and Para Olympic Games.

It is always a little daunting competing at the World Transplant Games, but with the help of those who have been before, together with the coaches, captains, management and medical team, the experience will ultimately be a rewarding one for the athletes!

Selection on to our team was just the beginning! It is an enormous commitment of both time and money. The next 4 months will be busy for the athletes, keeping fit, regularly training in their sport, attending regular team training meets at the University of Warwick, doing publicity and trying to raise the £1,000 per person to get there! However, the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd, celebrate life and in doing so, paying tribute to their donors, is the goal.”

Lynne added: “Not only are these athletes ambassadors for organ donation, but they are also representing the charity, Transplant Sport , and hope to raise more awareness here in the UK and globally, of the need for more people to consider donation, sign on to the Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with family and friends.”