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Yeppoon man represents state at Australian Transplant Games

PRIDE: Steve Griffin is gearing up to hit the court representing the state at the Australian Transplant Games in Melbourne in September.
PRIDE: Steve Griffin is gearing up to hit the court representing the state at the Australian Transplant Games in Melbourne in September. Allan Reinikka

STEVE Griffin wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for a phone call 19 years ago.

Although he doesn't remember much of the eight weeks he spent in hospital after a liver transplant as a six-year-old, Steve will never forget his second chance at life.

Two years after his transplant, Steve took up tennis.

Now, the Yeppoon man is gearing up to play tennis for Queensland at his third Australian Transplant Games in Melbourne.

The Games aim to raise awareness about organ donation with 21 non-contact sports.

But Steve said it was also a way to show the world that having a transplant didn't slow you down.

"It really just normalises your life," he said.

Steve said many families of organ donors came to watch the Games.

"It lets them see one of the toughest decisions of their life has made a big difference to a lot of lives," he said.

"You can't thank (organ donors) enough for the gift of life.

"If it wasn't for all of the donors, we wouldn't even be here."

About 40 Queenslanders will be representing the state at the Games in September.

Cressy and Yeppoon Tennis Clubs will be holding a tournament this Saturday to raise funds for Queensland athletes competing in the Games.

Steve said 70 people had registered to play, but all were welcome to come down on the day.

For more information or to register contact Warren Acutt at secretary@cressy.com.au.

Hit the court

What: Len Bauer Massage and Rejuvenation Charity Tennis Challenge

When: Saturday, July 12. 8.30am (registration) to 8pm

Where: Yeppoon's Chrisney St tennis courts

Topics:  organ donation