Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Houston Has Problem as Tyneside Takes on World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Houston Has Problem as Tyneside Takes on World

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Byline: Keiran Southern Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com @KeiranSouthern

THE World Transplant Games are heading to the North East after Tyneside triumphed over Texas.

After hosting the most successful British Transplant Games ever in 2015, Newcastle and Gateshead launched a bid to be the destination for the summer 2019 World Transplant Games.

A panel of key games bosses flew into the region to inspect its suitability as host and yesterday, the World Transplant Games Federation Council voted and confirmed the Newcastle Gateshead bid had been successful.

The region beat off competition from the American city of Houston, Texas.

Andy Eddy, chairman of Transplant Sport, the charity which organises the annual British Transplant Games, said: "I was pleased to back NewcastleGateshead as the British nomination for the World Transplant Games 2019 and am delighted that we have won. The event will provide an important platform to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation on a national and international stage.

"As a transplant recipient and a competitor in the British Transplant Games, I know first-hand the role sport can play in building con-fidence and improving quality of life. The Games provide a great opportunity to highlight transplantation and celebrate the gift of life enjoyed by transplantees."

The games will take place in 2019 from August 17 to 24 and are expected to attract up to 3,000 participants from more than 60 countries.

Newcastle and Gateshead also hopes to secure the largest participation from any single nation, by attracting more than 700 members of Team Great Britain, and is seeking to host an International Symposium on Transplantation at the same time.

Together, the World Transplant Games and the proposed symposium will contribute in excess of an estimated PS4m to the local economy.

Graham Wylie, chair of the local organising committee for the British Transplant Games in 2015 and for the 2019 World Transplant Games bid team, said: "Houston was a formidable competitor and we had to develop a very compelling case for NewcastleGateshead. …

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