21st World Transplant Games Malaga, Spain

25 Jun 2017

Sport is about turning up and not giving up, and no one exemplifies this better than the Transplant New Zealand team which represented the nation at the 21st World Transplant Games in Málaga, Spain. The kidney, liver, bone-marrow and heart recipients, plus a living donor and a donor family member, competed against over 2,200 athletes from 60 member countries. New Zealand’s youngest athlete was aged 8; the oldest 73. They participated in the largest organ donation awareness event on the globe; the equivalent of the Olympics in the transplantation space.

Every athlete who took part was celebrating their second chance by embracing adventure and living life to the fullest. From the pool to the track, the court and on the field, they are all totally inspirational and show others that amazing things are possible. The athletes are alive today because a generous person and family in a hospital somewhere said ‘yes’ to organ and tissue donation.


Medal table


Junior Athlete Event Gold Silver Bronze
Lisa Brown 50 metre sprint 1    
Lisa Brown Long Jump 1    
Lisa Brown 50 metre swim 1    
Lisa Brown Ten Pin Bowls Singles   1  
Lisa Brown Ball Throw     1
Adult Athlete Event Gold Silver Bronze
Adrienne Smith Donor Walk 1    
Laurence Smith Squash Singles 1    
Ken NEwlands & Brian Wigmore Kayak Doubles Sprint 1    
Matthew Field Long Jump 1    
Matthew Field High Jump   1  
Matthew Field 100 metres   1  
Sara Ford Ten Pin Bowls Singles     1
Dave Swarbrick Golf   1  
Ray Morrissey Golf     1
Bryan Eckersley Ten Pin Bowls Singles   1  
Bryan Eckersley 5km walk   1  
Brian Wigmore Badminton     1
Teimouraz Bitliev Long Jump     1
Teimouraz Bitliev High Jump 1    
Teimouraz Bitliev Discus   1  
Teimouraz Bitliev Javelin     1
    8 7 6