2015 SSPA National Sports Weekend – 21 years Background The SSPA National Sports Weekend began back in 1995 purely to provide another opportunity for the State of Origin basketball clash to take place between NSW and Victoria. Attended by about 30 people, the weekend saw Victoria claim a 25–18 victory to win the Rosemary Hobbs […]
The SSPA, together with our Founder, Rosemary Hobbs, and our Patron, Tina Zeleznik, mourn the loss of Stella Young – a high profile disability activist, a teacher, a comedian, a leader, a sister, a daughter, a friend – who passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 32. We, along with the rest of […]
It’s that time of the year! Both the New South Wales and Victorian Branches have organised Christmas parties for their members, as well as families and friends. Check the respective New South Wales and Victorian Branch websites as well as Facebook pages for further details about these events.
SSPA Victoria just launched their own Facebook Page – search “SSPA Victoria” to view the page. Please ‘like’ if you wish to receive updates and notifications about all State Branch events. Whilst you’re searching, don’t forget that SSPA Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia all have their own Facebook Pages.
Download the flyer clicking on the following link: SSPA Dwarfism Awareness Month flyer (PDF) Print off the Dwarfism Awareness flyer from here and ask if you can place it on the window of your local library, milk bar, news agency, school, university and help spread the word about Dwarfism Awareness.
What is it? October was officially recognised as “Dwarfism Awareness Month” by the Little People of America (LPA) in 2009. October was chosen as the month to celebrate dwarfism as it’s the birth month of the late Billy Barty, founder of the LPA. It is now celebrated around the world, with several countries passing a […]
MARGHERITA Coppolino is a mediator, disability consultant, radio presenter, photographer and boccia player. But she says the first thing people notice is her height. Ms Coppolino has spent decades educating the community about short-statured people so they could see past the differences. “We might be a bit shorter but we live just like everybody else,” […]
STELLA Young pulls in a capacity Northcote Town Hall audience for the debut of her new show, Tales from the Crypt. This cheeky, no-nonsense, 32-year old, wheelchair-bound, technically medical dwarf (there are 200 different types of dwarfism) was born with the skeletal integrity of a pavlova, so her bones break easily. Regardless, she has to […]
At the 47th SSPA AGM held in South Australia, a new National Council has been elected. Congratulations to the following newly-appointed SSPA National Council members: President: Sam Millard (Victoria) Vice-President: Linda Henderson (NSW) Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (New South Wales) Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (Victoria) Overseas Liaison Officer: Samantha Lilly (Victoria) Journal Editor: Tony Munro (New South […]
Notice is hereby given that the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) will take place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at the Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, South Australia at 9.30am. Members may nominate a person/s for election to National Council. The following positions must be filled: President, Vice-President, Secretary, […]