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Transplant stars head for the Western Cape
- Updated: October 1, 2014
South Africa’s transplant athletes will descend on the Western Cape from 9-11 October to compete at the 11th National Transplant Games, and hoping to qualify for the World Transplant Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina next year.
This event is presented by SATSA (The South African Transplant Sports Association). The picturesque setting of Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch for this year’s Games is sure to inspire athletes from ages five to 80 years, to underline the talent that will represent South Africa in Argentina in 2015.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal hosted the 2013 World Transplant Games.
This year has a full programme of events set for the Cape Town, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch area and surrounds.
The National Transplant Games is always the highlight on the transplant calendar,’ explained, Stan Henkeman, WP Transplant Sports Association chairman and chairman of the Local Organising Committee. ‘It is the point in every transplant athlete’s year where they strive to be at their best, ensuring they gradually improve their own performances, while keeping one eye on their goals to qualify for Argentina.’
‘Stellenbosch has always had superb facilities, and is one of the most beautiful spots to compete in around the world. We’re sure this will help inspire our athletes to perform.’ Golf, Petanque and tennis will be played at the beautiful Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate.
The Games open on 9 October with the arrival and registration of athletes and also the AGM of SATSA and will be followed by two days of tough competition between the athletes. The Games vividly demonstrates the success of organ transplantation and the ability of transplant recipients to lead healthy, normal lives.
As always, the track and field and swimming remain the draw cards, and the other sports disciplines athletes will compete in are tennis, table tennis, badminton, squash, golf, cycling, ten pin bowling, road racing and petanque.
The National Transplant Games will take place at various venues such as Coetzenburg (athletics), the outdoor swimming pool in Stellenbosch (swimming) and other sports events at various venues in Cape Town and Franschhoek.
The public are invited to come and experience the ‘Celebration of Life’ which all athletes will display at these Games.