11 th NATIONAL TRANSPLANT GAMES
9-11 October 2014 – Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Paarl
It was truly a Celebration of Life by all the athletes who participated and the supporters who attended the 11 th National Transplant Games 2014 in Cape Town!
The main aim for participating in these Games was to qualify in different sports items to come into contention for selection to the National Team to participate in the World Transplant Games (WTG) that will be hosted in Argentina from 23 rd till 20 th Augusts 2015. Another objective was to promote organ donation and transplantation by the living examples of these athletes and their quest to live a healthy life after transplantation. In this quest the Organ Donor Foundation and Sun Flower Fund were part of the Games not only through marketing stands but also by celebrating Bandana Day with bone marrow recipients.
The excitement ran high when “old” and new athletes met on Thursday 9 th October during registration and the Welcome function. New athletes and their families were welcomed with open arms and soon felt part of the Transplant Sports family.
It was not just fun and celebration as the Annual General Meeting of the South African Transplant Sports Association (SATSA) took place on that evening. The members not only welcomed the new National Chairman, Stan Henkeman and his new team, but were sad to say good bye to Willie, former National Chairman, and Heilie Uys, former National Secretary. This was also the opportunity to bestow Life membership to Jan de Kock, Lourens Schultz, Henri van Aswegen and Heilie Uys. They have been members of SATSA for 10 consecutive years. Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Willie and Heilie Uys and Bill Rosenberg in recognition of their active interest in and service to SATSA over many years.
On Friday 10 th October the road runners were the first to participate at the Rondebosch Common area while the cyclist participate in a 20km road race in the beautiful Atlantic Beach Estate area.
What a great atmosphere was created at the Pearl Valley Estate when the golfers teed off, the Petanque players drew a crowd at the club house and the tennis players enjoyed the beautiful scenery at the tennis courts while playing serious tennis.
In the mean time the swimmers enjoyed the wonderful facilities of the Coetzenburg swimming pool in Stellenbosch where swimmers from 8 years to 67 years old competed.
The badminton players were not only competing against each other, but were treated with an excellent exhibition of badminton by Johan Kleingeld former National player and provincial players.
Friday afternoon the squash players enjoyed the courts of the Virgin Active club while the atmosphere at the ten pin bowling competition in the Grand West Casino facility was contagious.
On Saturday 11 th October all athletes (102 of them) and supporters gathered at the Coetzenburg Athletic Stadium in Stellenbosch to enjoy a day of track and field events. The weather was perfect and the competition of high standard. A permanent highlight of this day is the children participating in the sprint, long jump and ball throw events. We thank Megan Frye and her team from Kidney Beanz for their sponsorship allowing 11 children to join with other from over the country to Celebrate their New Lives.
All athletes were rewarded with participation medals at the Gala evening on Saturday. It was clear that new athletes and their families, who arrived on Thursday, became friends and “family” members during three days of competition and Celebration. Attending the Gala Dinner as member of the SASCOC Board was Mr. Kobus Marais who also handed out the medals. The Vice Chairperson of the WC Provincial Sports Confederation, Ms Shela Lekalakala, also delivered a message on behalf of the Western Cape sports family.
For information contact the Secretary:
Hermann Steyn – 079 508-3519 021 851-9426
The SA National Transplant Games is held every two years where athletes can qualify for the World Transplant Games (WTG) which is held every alternate year and South Africa has been participating since 1993. In 1997 the Team was, for the first time, awarded South African colours.