The British Transplant Games sees people of all ages and abilities come together to take part in a wide range of sporting events. They have one crucial thing in common – they have all had life-changing transplants.
This annual event celebrates transplants, donors and life. It encourages patients to regain fitness after their transplant and it persuades more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register. It's also a chance to meet other patients, families and donors – and is incredibly fun.
In 2015 a group of nine stem cell recipients came together for the first time as Team Anthony Nolan to compete at the British Transplant Games in Newcastle Gateshead. They had an unforgettable experience, taking part in 17 events and coming home with 15 medals.
Anthony Nolan has taken a team to the British Transplant Games every year since then. In 2017 our team of 15 won a total of 24 medals across a range of events including badminton, cycling, bowling, swimming, walking, golf and 800m sprint.
The 2018 British Transplant Games will take place in Birmingham on 2-5 August. Full details are on the British Transplant Games website – we answer some Frequently Asked Questions below.
Registration for the 2018 British Transplant Games has now closed. But if you are interested in joining Team Anthony Nolan for the 2019 British Transplant Games, email: email@example.com
Is there an age limit?
Transplant recipients of all ages can compete at the British Transplant Games, from the under 5s to the over 70s.
I’m still having some treatment. Am I able to compete?
Yes – as long as you can have some recent blood tests signed off by your transplant consultant, and they’re happy for you to do the events you have selected, then you can compete.
What events can I take part in?
There are a variety of events for children and adults, which suit all abilities and different stages post-transplant.
For adults: Snooker, Archery, Squash, 10 Pin Bowling, Darts, Tennis, Table Tennis, Golf, Cycling, Volleyball, Walking, Mini Marathon (3-5k), Lawn Bowls, Soft Cricket, Badminton, Swimming and a range of track & field events.
For children: Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Cycling, Walking, Swimming, Badminton and track & field events.
What costs does Anthony Nolan cover?
We aim to cover the costs of the registration fee.
Can donors take part?
Yes! Donors can compete in the donor run.
Nadia had a stem cell transplant in 2002. In this film she tells us about everything she's achieved since then, including taking part in the British Transplant Games:
Information published: 09/01/18
Next review due: 09/01/19