Mayor of Birmingham to open National Dwarf Games 2017

The Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAuk) will host the 24th National Dwarf Games over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May at venues across the West Midlands.  

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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 29 April the National Dwarf Games will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr. Competition will then get under way in track and field events. On Sunday, the Games head to Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton for the indoor sports competition. Swimming and football events will take place on Monday 1 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 24 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, 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 2017 is free and spectators are welcome to come and enjoy a unique weekend of sporting action.

For more information National Dwarf Games and the Dwarf Sports Association UK, visit DSAuk website or contact Tim Shephard, Events and Engagement Officer on 01246 296485.

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