Transplant Volleyball Tournament set to be a Smash Hit
11th November 2017
Transplant athletes from across the UK are preparing to compete in the annual Transplant Sport Volleyball tournament which will be held on Saturday 11th November at University of Warwick in Coventry.
All of the competitors taking part have had a life saving organ transplant, with recipients including kidney, pancreas, heart, liver, lung and bone marrow transplants, all of whom demonstrate the benefits of sport after transplantation.
There will be seven teams from around the UK competing in the annual tournament and for the first time teh event will have international reach welcoming the Transplant and Dialysis Volleyball Club from Italy.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport and Active Communities at University of Warwick, who is organising the tournament on behalf of Transplant Sport said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Transplant Sport to host their annual Volleyball tournament.
“The University has a long history of supporting Transplant Sport with the Team Great Britain training camps and playing host to other major tournaments, and is delighted to be able to play a part in promoting greater awareness and understanding of the desperate need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donor Register, which will hopefully save more lives.
“Many of the athletes have experienced near death situations and long illness, and it is wonderful to see them able to enjoy a full life, thanks to organ donation. We also aim to promote Organ Donation within the local area so hopefully the Organ Donor Register will have more additions with a Coventry postcode during the weekend of the event”.
The public are welcome to come along and spectate or just pick up the Organ Donor Registration information, which will be on display in the Sports centre. More than 6,500 people in the UK are currently waiting for a transplant and sadly, three people die waiting every day. Only 32 per cent of the UK population are actually registered as organ donors, and the sad reality is, that 40 per cent of next of kin still refuse to give consent to donate their loved ones organs.
Lynne Holt, from Transplant Sport says: “Transplant Sport aims to raise awareness of the need for organ donation in the UK by organising sporting and social events for those who have received a transplant. I hope as many people as possible attend the event, show their support for these incredible athletes and discuss their organ donation wishes with their loved ones.”
Note to editors
For further information or to interview any of these transplant athletes, please contact Lynne Holt 07900014344
Transplant Sport is the charity which organises sports and social events for transplant recipients to demonstrate the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation. Transplant Sport host the British Transplant Games every year and participants of all ages and ability enjoy taking part in over 20 different events. All have received a lifesaving transplant and celebrate their gift of life together. The transplant athletes also compete at the World Transplant Games which runs every two years. Transplant Sport actively promotes the importance of having the organ donation conversation with families and friends, ensuring that they are aware of individual wishes on organ donation, and do not refuse to give consent because of a lack of knowledge. Whichever legislation is agreed throughout the UK, opt in or opt out, the family will still have the final say. 40% of potential donor families are currently not consenting to organ donation. Transplant Sport supports any public education initiatives that will improve the family consent rate and save more lives.
For more information visit Transplant Sport
The World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead will take place from 17-24 August 2019.
For more information on the World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019 visit www.worldtransplantgames.org
NHS Organ Donor Register -Transplant patients owe their lives to the generosity of others, who donate the ‘Gift of Life’. Please help to raise public awareness about transplantation and sign up on the Organ Donor register. To register, and for more information please go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk, or contact the NHS Organ Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
To join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register or for further information go to http://www.anthonynolan.org/