Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Perth wins right to host 2008 Australian Transplant Games

    27/11/2007 1:15 PM

    More than 1,200 national and international competitors will descend on Perth next October to compete in the 11th Australian Transplant Games.

    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said it would be the first time that Perth had played host in the biennial games’ 20-year-history.

    “The 2008 Australian Transplant Games consist of 19 sporting and recreational events over six days of competition,” Ms McHale said.

    “Events include everything from chess and backgammon to sports such as tennis, squash, athletics and swimming.

    “Competitors include transplant recipients and people currently undergoing dialysis.”

    The Minister said the State Government had invested $50,000 into the event, which was expected to attract about 500 interstate and international visitors.

    “I’d like to acknowledge Lotterywest’s significant contribution of $150,000 which will enable significant community participation,” Ms McHale said.

    “The games, which run from October 4-11, 2008, promote physical activity and show that transplant recipients are able to return to a good quality of life.

    “It also increases awareness of organ donation in the local community.”

    There are currently 132 Western Australians waiting for an organ transplant. More information can be found at

    Minister's office: 9213 6900