18th World Transplant Games, Goteborg, Sweden

17 Jun 2011

The 18th World Transplant Games were held in Goteborg, Sweden from the 17th - 24th June 2011. New Zealand was the first team in the world to register for the games.

New Zealand Transplant Games Association were represented by Robyn Donnelly, Sara Ford, Ross Forrester, Simon Gilbertson, Dave Irvine, Adam Joyce, Jeff Lofthouse, Matthew Mokoroa, Alan Power, Steve Rhind, Vivienne Smith, Dave Swarbrick and Sacha Wettenhall.

The team were accompanied by 15 supporters including Team Physio, Kirsty Johnson-Cox and Team Manager, Sheryl Power.

Many sporting codes were participated in. It was the’ first time’ Games for 3 team members. Everyone who attended the Games really enjoyed the experience and made many new friendships.

New Zealand Medals won 8 medals in total - 2 Gold, 2 silver and 4 Bronze.

Despite a difficult economic climate and Christchurch earthquakes nearly $29,000 was raised towards adult team costs to participate in the 2011 World Transplant Games. Sponsorship was received from Infinity Foundation, Four Winds Foundation, Johnsonville Club, Minister of Sport & Recreation and several other sources, including Association members who generously donated their initial registration fee when they were not able to participate in the Games. Over $3,000 was raised from the Trade me auction of sporting memorabilia.


Medal table

Athlete Event Age Category Gold Silver Bronze
Matthew Mokoroa 100 metres Juniors 12-14 boys 1    
Matthew Mokoroa Ball Throw Juniors 12-14 boys 1    
Matthew Mokoroa Ball Throw Juniors Under 17 boys   1  
Steve Rhind Golf - Gross 40 - 49 Men   1  
Matthew Mokoroa Ten Pin Bowling Juniors     1
Dave Swarbrick Golf - Net 40-49 Men     1
Ross Forrester Golf - Gross 60 - 69 Men     1
Sara Ford/Vivienne Smith Petanque Doubles Ladies Team Event     1
Total medal tally 2 2




Games video

This is a short film created after the 18th World Transplant Games in Gothenburg: Click here.