Sheffield’s world-class sporting venues have been selected to stage the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.Facilities operated by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), including the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, will play host to almost 20 sporting competitions during the four day event.
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games takes place in Sheffield from 15-18 August 2013.
Hundreds of transplant athletes will compete in archery, obstacle course, sports hall athletics, table tennis, sport stacking and volleyball at EIS Sheffield – the home training base of Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams.
Ponds Forge’s Olympic-sized 50m pool will stage the children’s and adult swimming events and the venue has also been chosen to stage badminton and the final Gala Dinner.
Golfers will compete at SIV’s Tinsley Park Golf Course and at Don Valley Bowl athletes will take part in children’s ball throwing and 5-a-side football.
Track and field, the mini marathon and The Star Donor Run will all take place at SIV’s Don Valley Stadium. The events could be some of the last to be staged at the venue.
Snooker, squash, bowling and lawn bowls, darts, fishing, tennis, walking and cycling make up the British Transplant Games programme.
Lorenzo Clark, operations director at SIV, said: “We’re extremely proud to be involved in such a unique and inspiring event and hope the hundreds of transplant athletes have a fantastic time competing in our facilities.
“Last time the British Transplant Games was held in the city five years ago it attracted about 2,000 competitors and visitors. Staging the 2013 Games is another example of how SIV’s award-winning venue management is attracting high profile events to Sheffield.
“We hope, once again, we can play a part in raising awareness of the value of organ donation and help increase numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register.”
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport, the Games showcase the benefits of transplantation, whilst giving people aged between two and 80-years-old who have had a transplant the chance to compete in a wide range of sport activities.
The Games last visited the city in 2008 and have since been hailed by both participants and the event organisers as one of the most successful Transplant Games to date, helping to boost NHS Organ Donor Register figures in South Yorkshire by an impressive 25,000 names.