Published: Oct 3, 2012 11:53:45 AM Updated: Oct 17, 2012 12:09:12 PM
As the Paralympians settle back into the daily grind following their success in London, some of Australia’s transplant donors and recipients are preparing for the peak of their swimming career; the Australian Transplant Games.
This year’s Transplant Games, which aim to promote awareness of organ donation and provide a benchmarking opportunity for elite athletes that have undergone a transplant, will be held in Newcastle, with the Games coming to a close on Saturday October 6.
The Transplant Games, are currently in their 13th year with participants coming from all across Australia to compete and celebrate their new found health and well-being.
For a lot of the competitors, the Transplant Games are the pinnacle of their swimming career, with some of the participants using their competition experience from the Multi Class events at the Australian National Championships as Class 16 swimmers (based on World Transplant Games Eligibility Criteria), to get racing experience before the Games.
In an attempt to get more transplant swimmers involved in swimming, Australia’s youngest ever Paralympic gold medallist Maddison Elliott attended the Games yesterday taking part in a promotional relay and signing session to promote Multi Class swimming.
Representatives from Swimming Australia were also on hand to provide information about getting involved in Multi Class and mainstream swimming as well as information about the EnergyAustralia GoSwim Program.
To find out more about how GoSwim month or how to get involved in swimming, visit - http://www.goswim.org.au/