Dual transplant recipient leaps into her first Pan Pacs

Victorian Calisthenics exponent Sonia Chapple is headed to her first Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast (4-13 November 2022) thankful she’s not the founding member of a very exclusive club. “I had a liver transplant 10 years ago, a pancreas transplant six and a half years ago and there was talk at one stage that I might need a kidney transplant,” Sonia said.

Walking netball team’s inclusiveness courts new horizons for vision impaired PPMG participant

Star Walker’s inclusiveness, warmth and welcome has given a Pan Pacific Masters Games (PPMG) vision impaired debutant the confidence to play netball and experience high action sport she thought she’d never enjoy again. When Suzanne Worland was diagnosed with Macular Tel Type 2 seven years ago, she was told her sight would be okay until she was in her late 60’s or older.  

Diving champ swimming for gold in the ocean and the pool at the 2022 Pan Pacific Masters Games

Queensland’s Damon Kendrick (63) is a former springboard diving champion, a one-time trapeze artist and these days a competitive swimmer. He’s also been a poster boy for blood donation for the past half century after having his right leg below the knee surgically amputated following a shark attack just south of Durban, South Africa in the summer of 1974.