The British Transplant Games – What are they and when did they start ?

The British Transplant Games are organised on behalf of Transplant Sport.  The Games were inaugurated in 1978 in Portsmouth by Maurice Slapak, who at the time was a Consultant Transplant Surgeon.  About 100 participants took part in the first Games in a one day event.
Over the past 35 years the Games have grown to a four day annual event with over 600 transplant recipients aged from 2 – 70+ taking part in over 20 different sports with over 1000 supporters watching on.

Some members come to win medals, training for their specialist events, hoping to be selected for Team GB & NI competing at the World Transplant Games.  Most come to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, enjoy new sports at their own pace and relaxing for a few days with others who’ve also faced debilitating illness but are now fit and well as a result of a successful transplant.