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.
From the 4th-12th of August 2017, nine athletes from Team Ireland competed in the 7th World Dwarf Games at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Team Ireland brought home 17 medals in various sports, including javelin, discus, swimming, power lifting, archery and table tennis.
This is the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. The prestigious and unique event incorporated many different sports and gave opportunity for both recreational and elite athletes from around the world to participate in a week of competition and camaraderie.