50 days to go until Games begin
Snooker legend John Higgins has given his backing to the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
He attended a publicity event at the Red Triangle Snooker Club in Cumbernauld to mark 50 days until the start of the games, and he met some of the competitors who will be taking part in July’s event.
The four-time world champion said: “I’m delighted to support the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire.
“In some ways snooker is the ideal transplant sport because it offers athletes gentle exercise in a very social environment. The athletes and their families will tell you that the Games are an opportunity to get together and share their stories. Where better than around the snooker table?”
John will be representing Scotland with Anthony McGill in the China World cup from 2 to 9 July.
He added: “The Games are also a fantastic opportunity to encourage people to join the Organ Donor Register. Almost 7,000 people in the UK are waiting for an organ donation, so please - join the register and help save a life.”
Wednesday June 7 marked 50 days to go until the start of competition which are this year being held in North Lanarkshire.The event will attract more than 770 transplant athletes aged two to over 80 years, along with 2,000 supporters.
Held over four days, the Games include a range of sporting events and competitions, from fishing through to track and field.
Swimming will take place in Sir Matt Busby Sport Complex with athletics at Wishaw Sports Centre. All the other sports will be delivered throughout key sports hubs.
Linda Johnston, one of the event’s organisers from North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The area has seen a boost to the numbers of people on the Organ Donor Register – with a record 124,559 people currently registered in North Lanarkshire.
“Each year sees around 30 people in our area receiving an organ transplant.
“And in the past year 6,000 new people have joined the register, but more still needs to be done.
“There are currently 52 people in North Lanarkshire waiting for a transplant and we really hope that everybody will consider signing up to the register at www.organdonationscotland.org.”