World Transplant Games

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The World Transplant Games are coming to North East England from 17 - 24 August. Sunderland will host three competitions of Swimming, Cycling and Ten Pin Bowling from Monday 19 August to Wednesday 21 August, all of which are free to spectators.

This year's games are about celebrating the gift of life, raising awareness of the benefits and huge importance of organ donation in saving live’s, providing a second chance for individuals to live life to the full, with courage and physical fitness. 

Around 2500 sporting hopefuls (500 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland) from 59 countries are taking part in 16 sports, ranging from athletics, basketball and cycling to football, swimming and volleyball.

Three of the competitions will be held in Sunderland:

Ten Pin Bowling  – AMF Bowl Washington – Monday 19 August

  • Individual competitions between 10am-6pm
  • Medal ceremonies will take place at the venue after each final 
  • Free to spectators

Ten Pin Bowling  – AMF Bowl Washington – Tuesday 20 August

  • Pairs competitions between 10am-6pm
  • Medal ceremonies will take place at the venue after each final 
  • Free to spectators

30 KM Road Race – Hetton Lyons Country Park  - Tuesday 20 August

  • Competitors will arrive for 10am - event will conclude 4.30pm

Road race – 17 laps of the course - chip timed  
Race 1  - 11am – Women -  all age categories  (27 competitors)
Race 2 – 12 noon – Men  categories 18-29 and 30–39 yr old  (24 competitors)
Race 3  - 1pm  - Vets Men  40-49yr old  (25 competitors)
Race 4  - 2pm  - Vets Men 50-59yr old (22 competitors)
Race 5  - 3pm  - Vets Men 60+ (29 competitors)

  • Medal ceremonies will take place on site after each race 
  • Free to spectators

Swimming  - Sunderland Aquatic Centre  - Tuesday 20 August 

Various events between 10am – 5pm  including :

Adults Juniors 12-14, 15-17 Juniors 5 and Under, 6-8, 9-11
200 Freestyle
50 Butterfly 25 Butterfly
100 Breaststroke 50 Breaststroke
50 Backstroke 25 Backstroke
100 Freestyle 50 Freestyle
4x50 Freestyle Relay (women)
4x50 Medley Relay (men)

  • Medal ceremonies will take place at the venue after each final 
  • Free to spectators

Swimming  - Sunderland Aquatic Centre  - Wednesday 21 August 

Various events between 10am – 5pm  including :

Adults Juniors 12-14, 15-17 Juniors 5 and Under, 6-8, 9-11
400 Freestyle 200 Freestyle
50 Freestyle 25 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
100 Backstroke 50 Backstroke
50 Breaststroke 25 Breaststroke
4X50m Medley Relay (women)
4X50m Freestyle Relay (men)
4x50 Freestyle 200+ Year Relay (mixed)

  • Medal ceremonies will take place at the venue after each final 
  • Free to spectators

For more information on the games go to: https://www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/world-transplant-games-sunderland or  www.worldtransplantgames.org

In Spring 2020 organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. Find out how to register as an organ donor and more information on the changes at https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/

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