SA finishes third at World Transplant Games

IOL | Lisa Issacs

SURVIVAL and recovery after an organ transplant can be a slow and difficult battle for many, but 46 athletic organ transplant recipients have thrived to emerge triumphant in this year’s World Transplant Games.

The 20th World Transplant Games was hosted in Mar del Plata, Argentina, this month where South Africa was placed third out of 44 countries with 89 medals – 41 gold, 24 silver and 24 bronze.

The team of 46 will arrive in Cape Town tomorrow morning.

South African Transplant Sports Association executive secretary Hermann Steyn said 19 athletes from the Western Cape won 42 medals in all – 19 gold, 18 silver and five bronze.

Athlete Lisa du Plessis from Plumstead has been one of this year’s stars, winning four gold and two bronze medals in various swimming events. She also broke the world record in the 200m individual medley and 50m breaststroke.

Du Plessis said the team was in high spirits after hearing of their overall performance as they packed their things and would begin the long journey home. Continue reading