From the 4th to the 12th of August 2017, 9 Irish athletes represented team Ireland at the 7th World Dwarf Games at the University of Gueph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The team brought home 17 medals won in various events, including javelin, discuss, swimming, power lifting, archery and table tennis.
Dylan Prenderville (13) appeared on RTÉ news2day about the upcoming World Dwarf Games in Ontario, Canada in August. Dylan is the youngest of nine athletes who will be representing team Ireland in Canada. He will be competing in swimming and team sports at the games. Dylan's eager to promote a positive image around dwarfism and believes competing at these games will do just that. Recently Dylan has been chosen by the other Irish athletes to be the flag bearer for the games which are commencing on the 4th of August 2017.
Hayley Fitzsimons speaks on Newstalk 106-108FM radio about the upcoming World Dwarf Games being held in Ontario, Canada this August.Over seventeen countries will be coming to participate in the games this year and over 400 athletes will be taking part. Team Ireland will be sending nine athletes this year to compete in various sports from athletics (javelin, shot putt and the discus), swimming, badminton, power lifting and more. Hayley is from Waterford where is a world champion in the javelin. In August this year she hopes to retain her title and break records.
Members of the DSAI (Dwarf Sports Association of Ireland) visited the Leinster House on the 22nd of June 2017 to promote and showcase the Irish athletes going over to Ontario, Canada, in August. The athletes got a chance to highlight that organisation receives no state funding and everything funded to raised by the athletes themselves and friends, family.
Recently the 13 "Team Ireland" Athletes returned from the WDG in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. The games were held over a nine day period from Friday 2nd August to Saturday 10th August 2013.
Most of the Athletes arrived and registered on Friday 2nd. The games commenced on Saturday 3rd with the Opening Ceremony which was held at the Spartan Stadium and the Ralph Young Stadium.