World Transplant Games - Newcastle 2019
Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00
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 and once again Team Great Britain and NI (Team GB) included Grace from our club!
Grace said “Taking part in the games was an amazing experience and has been a great way to celebrate life in memory and with thanks to my donors.
I am so happy and proud to have brought home a silver medal in the ladies singles table tennis 60-69yrs and gold in the over 50’s ladies doubles with Maggie Gambrill.
My mixed doubles table tennis partner Frank Clarke and I played such close matches but didn’t quite manage to win and get through to the final rounds. Played in the modern Sport Central at Northumbria University, it was great to see all GB & NI medallists on the podium in our ladies’ singles event. Congratulations to Charlotte Taylor (gold) and Maggie Gambrill (bronze). In the ladies doubles, GB & NI took gold and silver and China the bronze".
Grace also played pétanque this time and said, "The pétanque was played on the Sage Gateshead car park providing spectacular views over the River Tyne Quayside. In the singles, I played some good games, but as I am fairly new to the sport, it showed that my competitors were more experienced. In the doubles my partner Liz Hosforth and I were a good match, we played well and had fun and, although no medals were won, it was lovely to make new friends from countries around the world, together celebrating life.”
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) joined over 1000 other transplant athletes and live donors from 60 countries across the globe.
This year, Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland topped the overall medal table with an impressive haul of 205 gold, 152 silver and 127 bronze. Second place with 67 gold, 51 silver and 38 bronze were the team from USA and Islamic Republic of Iran took 3rd place.
Lynne Holt, Team Manager said:
“Selection on to our team was just the beginning! It is an enormous commitment of both time and money. However, the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd, celebrate life and in doing so, paying tribute to their donors, is the ultimate 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."