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Athletes warm-up for World Transplant Games at Life

With under two weeks until the World Transplant Games 2019 start in the North East, Team GB & NI team athletes have been warming up with active video games at Life Science Centre’s Game On 2.0 exhibition.

The biennial World Transplant Games are open to athletes of all ages who have undergone an organ transplant operation. They are staged to promote the benefits of transplantation, raise public awareness and increase organ donation, whilst encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness. The Games will open in NewcastleGateshead on 17 August 2019 – the first time they have been held in the UK since 1995.

Lynne Holt, Team GB & NI Manager, said: “Watching the transplant athletes at Life Science Centre’s Game On 2.0 exhibition shows the great benefits of organ donation.

“Without the second chance of life that organ donation provides, many of these athletes would not be able to live the healthy and active lifestyles that they do. All the athletes that are competing this summer are a true inspiration and we are looking forward to hosting such a great celebration of human courage and physical fitness in the region.”

Linda Conlon, Chief Executive of Life, said: "It’s a great accolade for NewcastleGateshead to host the World Transplant Games and I’m delighted to welcome some of the athletes to Life as excitement builds. Let’s see how the competitors fare in virtual versions of their sports!

“Active video games, like Wii Sports Resort, are no substitute for the health and fitness benefits of playing the real thing, but they are fun and can bring some solace and entertainment to anyone who is temporarily unable to play sports due to ill-health or injury.”

On the evening of 20 August, competitors and their families will gather in Life Science Centre for a private celebration of the Games, with about 2,000 people from around the world enjoying a variety of cultural activities.

For more information on the World Transplant Games 2019 and how to get involved visit  

Image: Team 19 volunteer Kaylee Ann Davidson-Olley, Britain’s longest surviving heart transplant patient, who received a new heart at the Freeman Hospital at just five months old (left); tennis player Joseph Hunsley, who received a liver transplant when he was seven years old (middle); and swimmer and liver transplant recipient Phoebe Pace (right). 

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