Video Highlights from British Transplant Games at Newport’s Rodney Parade

Newport welcomed hundreds of inspirational athletes to the city on July 25 as the city hosted The 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games.

The Games took place from the 25-28 July 2019 and are expected to attract more than 850 transplant recipient athletes and more than 1,500 supporters, including donor families, to the city.

Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of and increase organ donation.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games include over 25 sporting and social events and competitions for all abilities, from fishing through to track and field, including the Donor Run, an inclusive event open to the public.

The Games complemented campaigns taking place at a local level to educate and raise awareness of organ donation and the importance of sharing your decision with your loved ones.

Today the British Transplant Games see over 50 teams from hospitals across the UK (and still have overseas visitors) come together to share their personal experiences, compete and thank their donor families, who increasingly form part of the Games.

The British Games are also a channel for selection to the biennial World Transplant Games, in which Team GB are amongst the largest and most successful.

The opening ceremony which took place at Newport’s Rodney Parade on July 25th featured a procession including all competitors and entertainment provided by local societies Centrestage Cymru, Sharon Higgins Musical Theatre and local dance group, Defying Gravity.