Team Ireland member amongst first 12 WTGF Ambassadors

Fantastic news…

Team member, Ron Grainger, has been selected as one of the first 12 World Transplant Games Federation Fit for Life Ambassadors. With over 200 applications coming from 33 different countries, it is a great honour for our sports programme to have one of our team members selected at this stage.

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Could you be a WTGF Ambassador?

You have read about the World Transplant Games Federation Fit For Life! initiative and you are passionate about the importance of physical activity and organised sport at all levels in the long term- management and well-being of transplant recipients.

What can you do about it? You can consider being a WTGF Ambassador and help open the world of transplant sports to others.

What’s involved in the role I hear you ask?! Click on the image below to get a job description and contact if you are interested in applying to the WTGF to be selected as an Ambassador. Closing date: September 25th

Note: You will be expected to provide your own Ferrero Rocher... Lol

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Are you ambassador material?!

The World Transplant Games Federation is looking for Ambassadors to inspire others through their own commitment to remain fit and active post-transplant. The application process opens today…

Fit for Life! ambassadors will represent the WTGF by speaking about their physical activity and fitness experience to transplant clinics, participating in sporting programmes and encouraging others to attend Transplant Games.

Click on the image below to find out more and apply…


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Exciting WTGF Announcement… #FitForLife

New WTGF ‘Fit for Life!’ Global Initiative invites recipients to be part of a unique experience

The Irish Kidney Association / Transplant Team Ireland  is pleased to announce its support for the new Fit for Life! Global Initiative announced by the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) at the International Congress of The Transplantation Society (TTS) in Hong Kong today (Friday, August 19). It is well worth reading on…

The World Transplant Games Federation initiative, supported by Astellas, is designed to support active lives post-transplant with the mantra of ‘more transplant recipients, more active, more often’.

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Click on the link to read full press release

It has been initiated by the President of the World Transplant Games Federation, Chris Thomas. The announcement was made at a special 90 minute symposium focusing on Sport and Transplantation delivered by the WTGF at the congress.

Every transplant recipient in Ireland now has a chance to be part of this exciting opportunity.

The WTGF is inviting transplant recipients from around the world to write in 500 words, or less, how they are living and breathing the fit for life mantra of ‘more transplant recipients, more active, more often’. There will be more details posted on the WTGF website;

Maybe you are cycling every day, playing competitive sport, jogging to work or just keep your body fit and healthy at the gym. Perhaps you are walking to keep fit – remember you don’t need to be an Olympian to be healthy around your transplanted organ. The WTGF is looking for case studies that will help inspire the worldwide transplant community to get ‘fit for life!’

Twelve ambassadors from different regions of the world will be chosen by an independent international judging panel chaired by renowned renal physician and former TTS President, Professor Jeremy Chapman AC. The 12 ambassadors will travel, all expenses paid, to a Celebration of the Gift of Life at the All Blacks vs Ireland International Rugby Match at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, on November 5.

The ambassadors will spend three days in Chicago meeting the WTGF team, touring the city and conducting interviews before witnessing a fantastic match of rugby union. At half-time the ambassadors will make their way on to the field to be announced publicly to the world as part of the launch celebrations of Fit for Life!

More details about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can be found at the Federation’s new website,  Entries open September 1 and close September 25.

Contact if you are interested in finding out more…

Twitter transplants #TeamIreland followers

In recent weeks there has been increased activity on our Twitter account. A lot of it related to our involvement in the recent European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland and the British Transplant Games in Liverpool. However, we have picked up significant traffic from people thinking they were tweeting the Irish Olympic team.

Matt Roebuck, author of The Other Olympics, has written a nice piece about our experiences. Click on the image below to read his article ;

Matt included a section on Transplant Games in his book – he volunteered at the 2011 World Transplant Games, amongst others events, to inform his writing. You can read more from Matt in the link below: