Two world records for André Lassooij – EHLTF Board member – at the World Transplant Games in Australia

At the World Transplant Games 2009, which were held on Australia’s Gold Coast from 22nd to 30th August, André Lassooij from The Netherlands set two new world records. André, age 51 and lung transplanted since 1996, gave an outstanding performance in his age group. He won four gold medals in the long jump, high jump, 100m and 200m events, setting world records of 12.92 seconds in the 100m and 26.70 seconds in the 200m. In 2008, André was already the Dutch champion over 50 and 200m. Regular training and exercise over many years has earned him these successes. Following his lung transplant, he was a board member of the Dutch organisation “Sport en Transplantatie” for 12 years, most recently as the organisation’s president. He has been a great supporter of the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games and also the World Transplant Games. He was elected to the Managing Committee of EHLTF in June 2008. When asked about his success, which attracted the attention of participants, spectators and the media in Australia, André replied: “I am infinitely grateful to my donor, his family and the transplantation team for the new life I have been given. The performance of every athlete at these games was only possible because of the goodness and compassion of all Organ donors and their families.”

The EHLTF Managing Committee and all member associations extend their most cordial congratulations.

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