After much consideration, it has been announced that Australia will not bid to host the 2017 World Dwarf Games. Instead, it is hoped that an Asia Pacific games can be organised in Australia between now and 2017. One option to be explored is to hold such an event in conjunction with an international convention (the SSPA’s 50th anniversary Convention).
A photo exhibition by Alison Ryan & Margherita Coppolino celebrating the outstanding achievements of short-statured sporting athletes representing Australia in the 2013 World Dwarf Games will be holding its opening night on 29th January from 6pm-8pm at Federation Square in Melbourne. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Arts Access Victoria and Fed Square and will run from 29th January until 6th February at the Atrium at Federation Square. For more information, go to: www.facebook.com/goldenmomentphotoexhibition.
Athletes, officials and supporters from the 2013 Australian World Dwarf Games Team are getting together on the weekend from 24th-27th January in Melbourne to celebrate the success of the team at the recent Games in the USA.
The weekends’ events will include a celebration dinner, a junior sports day, a team barbecue, participation in the Australia Day March along Swanston Street in the City of Melbourne, as well as a celebration evening where presentations and awards will be made including to the winners of the male and female 2013 WDG athlete choice awards.
Further details about the weekend can be obtained from the SSPA Victorian Branch website at www.vic.sspa.org.au.
At the recent SSPA Annual General Meeting held in Hobart, elections for the 2013-2014 National Council were held and the results were as follows:
President: Sam Millard (VIC)
Vice President: Linda Henderson (NSW)
Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (VIC)
Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (NSW)
Journal Editor: Graci Lynch (VIC)
Membership Secretary: Vicki Fallon (NSW)
Overseas Liaison Officer: Meredith Young (VIC)
Sports Coordinators: Tom Carney (VIC), Oliver Lynch (VIC)
National Council appointed positions:
Government Liaison Officer: Margherita Coppolino (VIC)
Librarian: Sandra Lundie (Nth QLD)
Social Media Coordinator: Meredith Young (VIC)
Web Master: Francis Kelly (VIC)
Alyssa Biddle (SA) Sarah Darkin (TAS) Steven Devine (SA) Kobie Donovan (QLD) Suzanne Franklin (WA) Leisa Prowd (VIC) Liz Stephens (NTH QLD)
Congratulations and best wishes to all. Here’s to an exciting 12 months ahead!