Team GB and NI squad announced for World Transplant Games 2013
Transplant Sport UK are delighted to announce the squad that will be representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Transplant Games in 2013.
The team, which will be the largest ever, will travel to Durban, South Africa in July next year where the games are being held.
More than 160 transplant athletes, including 16 juniors, and many more supporters will descend on the Rainbow Nation. A third of the team are new members and have been selected following their success at this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
The World Transplant Games, supported by the International Olympic Committee, represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring a week of 13 sporting events. Team GB and NI will join over 1000 other transplant athletes from 55 countries across the globe.
Lynne Holt, Team Manager and Trustee at TSUK said: “We are thrilled to announce our team and welcome the new faces to our squad.
“It is always a little daunting competing at the World Transplant Games for the first time, 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 is just the beginning! It is an enormous commitment of both time and money. The next 5 months will be busy for the athletes, keeping fit, regularly training in their sport, attending regular team training meets, doing publicity and trying to raise the £2k per person to get there! However, the opportunity to represent their country, celebrate life and in doing so, paying tribute to their donors, is the goal”
Each athlete, to keep their place on the team, is required to attend a minimum of 3 out of the 4 training meets. Two team meetings have already taken place at Warwick University. The athletes train with team GB&NI coaches throughout the day, interspersed with a briefing from team managers and the team physio’s. All of these people are TSUK volunteers, giving their time freely. The team are also supported by Travel Stop, Total Team Wear and HR Media.
Lynne added: “Not only are these athletes ambassadors for our country, 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 sign on to the Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with family and friends.