The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Ray Hassall will open the 23rd National Dwarf Games on Saturday 30 April at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
The Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAuk) will host the 23rd National Dwarf Games over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 30 April to Monday 2nd May at venues across the West Midlands.
Over 190 athletes from around the world are set to take part in the Games, competing in 12 sports including track and field events sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee, indoor sports, swimming and football.
On Saturday 30 April the National Dwarf Games will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr. Competition will then get underway in track and field events. On Sunday 1st May the Games head to Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton for the indoor sports competition. Swimming and football events will take place on Monday 2 May at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre in Walsall.
President and Founder of Dwarf Sports Association UK, Arthur Dean has seen many people transform their lives through sport, he said:
‘This organisation has played a major role in breaking down the barriers of difference in society towards people with dwarfism. It all began with 6 members and now boasts over 600. Seeing these young people develop in their lives as well as in sport is so rewarding and well worth the 23 years of team work.’
DSAuk and The National Dwarf Games has a long history of supporting athletes on their pathway to national, international and Paralympic sporting success. DSAuk Patrons Ellie Simmonds OBE and fellow swimmer Matt Whorwood, and powerlifter Zoe Newson have all competed at the National Dwarf Games early in their sporting careers, and have since gone on to compete at international and Paralympic level.
Entrance to the National Dwarf Games 2016 is free and spectators are welcome to come and enjoy a unique weekend of sporting action.
For more information about the 23rd National Dwarf Games and the Dwarf Sports Association UK, please call DSAuk Development Officer on 07889 922736 or 01246 296485, or visit www.dsauk.org.