Your guide to the British Transplant Games in Bolton - what's on and where

Beth Morris, who underwent a bone marrow transplant, with her medals from the last World Transplant Games

Beth Morris, who underwent a bone marrow transplant, with her medals from the last World Transplant Games

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FROM football to fishing and badminton to bowls — this year’s British Transplant Games will have something for everyone.

The showpiece event, which will see about 1,000 transplant athletes take over Bolton, officially arrives in the borough on Thursday when the opening ceremony takes place in Victoria Square from 6.30pm.

Chairman of Transplant Sport, Andy Eddy, himself a liver transplant recipient, said: “These are truly the friendly games, demonstrating the success of transplantation, the joy of being alive and the opportunity to give thanks to the donor families.

“We encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their families, without which none of us athletes would be here to compete to the best of our abilities.”

Events will already have begun before the grand opening, with snooker, archery, lawn bowls and squash events taking place in the day.

Friday will begin with fishing taking place at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries from 9.30am in a packed schedule that also includes volleyball, badminton and tennis at Bolton Arena, golf at Regent Park Golf Club and cycling at the UCLan Sports Arena in Preston.

Another busy day of activity will arrive on Saturday, starting with table tennis at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, soft cricket at Bolton Arena and swimming at Bolton One.

The lawn bowls competition will take up most of the day at the Bolton Flat Green Bowling club and Bolton Arena will play host to five-a-side football competitions for both adults and children.

On Saturday evening Leverhulme Park will host two running events, a “mini marathon” and The Bolton News Donor Run, where entrants will run a distance of either three or five kilometres.

Athletics events are often the most hotly-anticipated element of the games, and Sunday’s schedule is dedicated to those running, jumping, hurdling and throwing at Bolton Arena.

The event will draw to a close with a gala dinner at the Bolton Whites Hotel, where the achievements of everyone involved will be celebrated.

The British Transplant Games, sponsored by Westfield Health, are intended to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate what can be achieved when people are given the gift of life.

Transplant Games star Beth Morris, from Stoneclough, will once again be competing in the games, hoping to win a haul of medals in her home town.

HIGHLIGHTS of the British Transplant Games in Bolton.

Thursday, August 7: 
Snooker at Bolton Snooker Club, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Archery at Bolton Arena, 11.30am to 4.30pm.

Opening ceremony in Victoria Square 6.30pm to 9pm.

Friday, August 8:
Badminton at Bolton Arena, 9am to 1pm.

Volleyball at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Tennis at Bolton Arena, 5pm to 8.30pm.

Darts at Bolton Whites Hotel, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

Saturday, August 9:
Table tennis at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, 8.30am to 5pm.

Adult five-a-side football at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm to 5pm.

Swimming at Bolton One, 1.30pm to 5pm.

The Bolton News Donor Run at Leverhulme Park, 6pm to 8.30pm.

Sunday August 10:
Track and field at Bolton Arena, 9am to -5pm

Celebratory gala dinner at Bolton Whites Hotel, 6.30pm to 1am.

Thursday, August 7: 
Snooker at Bolton Snooker Club, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Archery at Bolton Arena, 11.30am to 4.30pm.

Opening ceremony in Victoria Square 6.30pm to 9pm.

Friday, August 8:
Badminton at Bolton Arena, 9am to 1pm.

Volleyball at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Tennis at Bolton Arena, 5pm to 8.30pm.

Darts at Bolton Whites Hotel, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

Saturday, August 9:
Table tennis at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, 8.30am to 5pm.

Adult five-a-side football at Bolton Arena, 1.30pm to 5pm.

Swimming at Bolton One, 1.30pm to 5pm.

The Bolton News Donor Run at Leverhulme Park, 6pm to 8.30pm.

Sunday August 10:
Track and field at Bolton Arena, 9am to 5pm

Celebratory gala dinner at Bolton Whites Hotel, 6.30pm to 1am.

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