National Sports Report – July 2015
National Sports Weekend – Albury Sport Wrap Up
The 21st National Sports Weekend was no doubt an enjoyable and successful weekend. Personally it was great to see so many involved whether it was as an athlete, participant, volunteer, and or spectator – without you all the weekend would not have been as successful.
It was great to see the return of the Rosemary Hobbs State of Origin Basketball Game. It was indeed a thrilling game, all players who took part gave 100% and nothing was left behind. The game went to the wire with scores locked up multiple times throughout. It wasn’t until the final 5 minutes in which Victoria broke away, however NSW continued to put a fair fight up until the end. The 2015 victors was Victoria with the final score being 29–24. Congratulations to the MVP and debutant from Victoria, Luke Missen – who played a brilliant game and was valuable team player. From there we witnessed the future generations with record numbers of children participating (32).
It was great to see the kids make new friends, play all the sports (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Laser Tag and much more) and break it down on the dance floor! The teens/adults enjoyed Albury’s new sport – Tag Rugby along with returning sports of soccer, badminton, boccia and Baseball. Congratulations to the 2015 Badminton champions, Jono & Nina and the runners up Kobie and Joel. Additionally we had the Boccia Championships – congratulations to Alyssa finishing 1st overall, 2nd to Troy and 3rd to Emily. I would like to also congratulate the 2015 recipient of the Leanne Wegener Award – Holly Palmer. Holly got involved in all sports with great enthusiasm! Additionally an honourable mention was given to Kobi for his athleticism, sportsmanship and overall engagement with all the sports.
Overall thankyou to all that came and celebrated 21 years of short statured sport and the national weekend in Albury. I look forward to seeing you all again next year!
World Dwarf Games 2017
The IDAF has announced the 2017 Location. Unfortunately Holland had to withdraw their bid and therefore the games will be held in CANADA – The 7th World Dwarf Games to be held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, at the University of Guelph in August 2017. Planning and organization is well under way to send a strong Australian team for the 3rd time.
Thank you to all who have expressed interest for the 2017 World Dwarf Games, it is a record sized squad with 45 interested – 17 new from across Australia and New Zealand. The first training camp will be completed early August to give all athletes an opportunity to train, bond as a squad and develop as a complete athlete. The next training camp will be held in January 2016. If you are interested and yet to complete an expression of interest form, please contact myself ASAP.
SSPA Sports Coordinator