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The Transplant Games are a wonderful celebration of organ and tissue donation and demonstrate the quality of life that can be obtained after transplant. For those who have never been to a Transplant Games, many of the sports are played against others of similar age groups. There are a variety of children’s age groups. And for adults, the ages are generally competed in ten-year blocks (e.g. 30-39 or 60-69). Some sports like volleyball are open-age competitions. All competitors represent their state, but in order to ensure competition, competitors from different states may be teamed with someone from another state for a doubles competition. All competitors results contribute towards their states tally for the Victor Chang Memorial Shield, and the Donor Family Shield for the most successful state team overall and on average (respectively). Junior competitors represent their state to compete for the Mark Cocks Memorial Juniors Shield.
Transplant Australia are the officially appointed body to send the official team to represent Australia at the World Transplant Games.
Summer World Transplant Games are held every two years. Australia is usually one of the top three to five nations at the Summer World Transplant Games, and has hosted the World Transplant Games in 1997 in Sydney and in 2009 in the Gold Coast. Winter World Transplant Games are also held approximately every two years. For more details about representing Australia at the World Transplant Games, please contact Transplant Australia. For information about the World Transplant Games themselves, please go to the World Transplant Games Federation