South African Transplant Sports Association (SATSA) sent a team to Malaga in Spain to compete in the World Transplant Games. Our 51 strong team excelled and managed to finish 3rd overall with 76 medals.
The transplant athletes have all survived either a heart, lung, kidney, liver or bone marrow transplant.
The World Transplant Games, takes place every two years, and are supported by the International Olympic Committee. It represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring a week of 17 sporting events.
This year 2,200 athletes from across the world competed in a variety of sporting codes that included athletics, road running, petanque, tennis, squash, swimming, cycling, golf, badminton, ten pin bowling and table tennis.
Our tennis players brought back a good number of medals and congratulations to them:
Gold (category 12-14): Jakobus Boshoff
Gold (category 15-17): Luke Dawson
Gold (category 60-19): Nora Simpson
Bronze (category 18-30): Marx/Ettienne Steyn
Silver (category under 30): Dawid van der Bergh/Nora Simpson (pictured)