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About Transplant Australia

Transplant Australia is a national charity representing transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, and all those touched by organ/tissue donation and transplantation.

Transplant Australia is committed to raising awareness of the need to increase organ donor rates in Australia.

For proof of the benefits of organ and tissue donation, you need look no further than these elite athletes.

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.

These recipients are proving that organ donation is life.

These recipients are proving that organ donation is life. Picture: Transplant Australia

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.

Read more from Transplant Australia: Transplant recipient's tribute to donor will blow your mind

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!

  • Matthew Orchard
  • Trent Mulley
  • Troy Scudds
  • Glenn Phipps
  • Bec Peters
  • Tamaryn Stevens
  • Rose Hughes
  • Logan Heald (Junior)
  • Brad Stanley
  • Bryan Williams
  • Suzanne Halbish
  • Amy McAlpine
  • Claire Kerr
  • Montague Summers
  • Kate Carlyle
  • Kate Clark
  • Tim Clark
  • Justin Wall
  • Natalie Hazlewood
  • Adrienne Mercer
  • Richard Hayes
  • Kate Phillips
  • Scott Garland
  • Kate Rootsey
  • Ethan Daws
  • Doug Alexander
  • Scott Miller
  • Kylie Alford
  • Claudia Carter (Junior)
  • The camp starts at 1pm  on Friday March 16 and finishes 10am, Sunday March 18.

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