The Dwarf Sports Association Ireland, (DSAI), is a new sporting organisation established in 2012 with the aim of encouraging people with restricted growth conditions to participate in sports at a level suited to their ability.
As there is a lack of sports opportunity for short statured people, the DSAI hopes to provide an environment which rewards dwarf athletes by taking their ambitions seriously and through their training and dedication, giving them a realistic opportunity to succeed.
The DSAI believes that the dream of honouring Ireland in international competition should be as real for a dwarf athlete as it is for any other in the country. Therefore the DSAI is sending a team of athletes to represent Ireland in the World Dwarf Games to be held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in August 2017. These games will be the largest sporting event for people with restricted growth. The Games will be held from August 5-12th, 2017 at the University of Guelph.
This is the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. The prestigious and unique event will incorporate many different sports and will be an opportunity for both recreational and elite athletes from around the world to participate in a week of competition and camaraderie.
Team Ireland will be competing in various sports including track and field, badminton, table tennis, swimming, powerlifting and team events.