Trans­plant­ing skills to the wa­ter

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FOR­GET about the Olympic Games, lo­cals are set­ting their sights on a sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion closer to home as they pre­pare for the up­com­ing Aus­tralian Trans­plant Games.

Re­cently, lo­cals were in­vited to at­tend a Trans­plant Aus­tralia WA Branch try­out for dragon boat­ing, hosted by the Cock­burn Dragon Boat Club out of the East Fre­man­tle Yacht Club.

Many of those who took part in the day had never tried the sport be­fore.

A spokes­woman for the Trans­plant Aus­tralia WA branch said some of the par­tic­i­pants had only re­cently been fight­ing for life be­fore be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of an or­gan or tis­sue do­na­tion.

She said dragon boat­ing was new to this year’s games, with a race be­tween par­tic­i­pat­ing states just be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony to be held as a cel­e­bra­tion of life rather than a tro­phy event.

The Aus­tralian Trans­plant Games will be held in Pen­rith, NSW from Septem­ber 24 to Oc­to­ber 1.

Lo­cals at­tended a dragon boat try-out held by Cock­burn Dragon Boat Club.

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