A diverse group of transplant recipients from across Australia are heading to the Transplant Australia High-Performance Sports Camp in March, the biggest of its kind in the world.
Transplant athletes flying flag for organ donation
The camp was developed by Transplant Australia based on research and feedback from members for the need for a high-performance program for recipients who compete in mainstream competition.
A very high standard of athletes will attend the camp at the on the Gold Coast, which will also host several events later in the year.
These competitors, who train 3-4 times a week, self-fund their travel and entry into events, and actively promote the benefits of organ and tissue donation to a wider audience.
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They are liver, lung, heart, heart-double lung, kidney and bone marrow recipients from NSW, WA, VIC, ACT, QLD and SA. There are nine runners, eight swimmers, five cyclists and seven triathletes.
The high-performance program is a way for Transplant Australia to encourage this group, become a more inclusive organisation and create a well-rounded offering that supports recipients at every stage of their journey post-transplant.
It also provides Transplant Australia more avenues to increase our membership services and establish a pathway for younger members who are looking to head down this road.
The goal of all Transplant Australia’s programs is to benefit the majority of our membership and encourage people to be active, participate and achieve personal goals.
A huge congratulations to the following athletes on your selection, and we’ll see you in March!
The camp starts at 1pm on Friday March 16 and finishes 10am, Sunday March 18.