National Transplant Games to be held in Bay

2018-03-28 06:02
South Africa’s best transplant athletes will descend on Port Elizabeth in July to compete in the 13th National Transplant Games 2018. The games were officially launched on Saturday, March 17 at the Protea Marine Hotel in Port Elizabeth.                     Photo:Supplied

South Africa’s best transplant athletes will descend on Port Elizabeth in July to compete in the 13th National Transplant Games 2018. The games were officially launched on Saturday, March 17 at the Protea Marine Hotel in Port Elizabeth. Photo:Supplied

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SOUTH Africa’s transplant athletes will descend on Port Elizabeth from July 12 to 15 to compete in the 13th National Transplant Games 2018 (NTG), hosted by the Eastern Cape Region of the South African Transplant Sports Association (SATSA).

It sets the stage to demonstrate the improved quality of life following transplantation and, through that, promote awareness for organ donation and transplantation. This is also an opportunity for transplanted athletes to show their gratitude towards living donors and families of deceased donors.

This is “Celebration of New Life” where athletes, who have received organ and bone marrow transplants, will compete in 13 different sports events.

On Friday, July 13 all the non-athletic events will take place while all the track and field events will take place on Saturday 14 July. This sports event has the blessing and support of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, EC Sports Confederation and the provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sports Department are partnering with Transplant Sports by making available sports facilities and the knowledge and expertise of staff and students.

SATSA also makes use of this opportunity to include the community. A fun walk and transplant awareness event will take place on Friday July 13 while a 90-day “step challenge” will start on Monday April 9,and run until Saturday July 7. Interested persons can enter teams of four and walk towards winning prizes.

The games were officially launched on Saturday March 17 at the Protea Marine Hotel in Port Elizabeth where athletes, family members and games partners showed their support.

During this launch, appreciation was expressed to all supporting partners and sponsors for their enthusiastic participation to ensure the success of these games.

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