The recent 2016 SSPA National Sports weekend was highlighted by the State of Origin basketball match clash between New South Wales and Victoria held at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in Albury. After a close fought encounter which included an exciting last quarter, New South Wales emerged as the victors with the final score: 14 to 12. Congratulations to them, and well done to all the players, coaches and referees as well.
Registration is now open for the 2016 SSPA National Convention which will be held at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort, Cowes, Victoria between Sunday 25 September and Saturday 1 October 2016. Check here for more information about registration, Travel Fund reimbursements (for short-statured SSPA members), room arrangements, etc. The Convention programme is available for viewing from here
Dates: Friday 10th– Monday 13th June at Lake Hume Resort in Albury, NSW.
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 Trophy for the fourth time. Since 1996, the weekend has evolved into the second largest event on the SSPA’s annual national calendar, with numbers of attendance in the 80’s. Today, this weekend aims to provide competitive and fun sporting opportunities for all across a variety of sports and for all abilities. And this year, we will celebrate our 22nd year.
Reasons to Attend:
Opportunity to play sport against short statured individuals of all ages and abilities.
A great weekend to make new friends and to catch up with old ones.
A once a year opportunity filled with fun, sport and social opportunities for the whole family.
Registration and Payment: The accuracy of the registration process is vital to the success of the weekend, therefore please ensure that the details you provide in the online registration form is accurate and true. If you are not aware of your attendance at all events at this stage, please refrain from filling out the registration form until you do. The online registration form can be accessed via this weblink:
Please note that registrations are not confirmed until full payment is received into the Victorian branch bank account – details are provided below.
There are a range of events across the National Sports Weekend which require pre-payment. Therefore, the following expenses must be paid into the SSPA Victorian Bank account via online banking by: Friday 20 May 2016. The receipt of your payment confirms your registration for the events you have registered for – unfortunately, without payment by Friday 20 May, you will not be able to register for this event.
Sports participation: $10.00 per person.
Saturday night evening dinner dance: $49.00 per adult, $12.50 per child (12 and under)
Sunday night dinner: $10.00 per adult, children free (12 and under).
Please ensure that you include your name and indicate your payment is for the Albury Sports Weekend when you transfer, e.g. Example: Young x 3 Albury Bendigo Bank:
Account No: 111096202
Account Name: SHORT STATURED PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED
SSPA Membership: For insurance purposes, any person/s wanting to participate or compete in the range of sports across the National Sports Weekend, must be a financial member of the SSPA. Membership has to be received prior to the commencement of the weekend. To join, see ‘Membership’ on the National SSPA Website.
SSPA Members are bound by the SSPA Constitution and the SSPA Code of Ethics, which among other things, defines the responsibilities, expected of them when they are attending or participating in an SSPA event.
Join us in Melbourne this September for the 1st Asia Pacific Bone Disorder Symposium and Networking Dinner
What is happening:
Join clinicians, allied health workers, researchers and scientists in the field of inherited skeletal disorders to discuss diagnosis, management, and treatment options for patients and families.
• Inherited bone diseases (including achondroplasia, MPS)
• Clinical and radiographic features
• All aspects of clinical management
• Treatment options including new therapies (MPS).
Start: 9.00am Friday 23rd September, 2016
Finish: Saturday 24th September, 2016 finishing with lunch
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria.
Who is invited:
Geneticists, orthopaedic surgeons, paediatricians, rheumatologists, radiologists, basic scientists, all students welcome – student discount available: contact FineView.
We have secured preferential rates at a number of hotels within walking distance of the conference. See the website below for further information.
Early bird discount:
Save 15% by registering before June 30th 2016.
How to register:
Navigate to: www.apacbds2016.com.au
Chair of Organising Committee: Professor Ravi Savarirayan – email: [email protected]
Event organisers: FineView Pty Ltd
Fiona McWilliam – email: [email protected]
Tiring, Tough, Hot but Amazing Weekend with the 2017 Australian World Dwarf Games Squad. It was great to see so many athletes on the Gold Coast giving it their all within their chosen sports! Bring on Canada – A huge thank you to: WDG Management, all the athletes, Jackie (Swimming Coach), Helen & Stu (MyAthletix), Samara Calamarii (Throws), Stephen Eaton (Boccia), Libby & Paul from Artius (Transport), Brittany/Courtney/Cody/Wendy/Craig (Transport) and Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre. Without you all the weekend would certainly not have been as successful.
Check out Team Australia Training Hard on the Gold Coast
Kobie Donovan, National Sports Coordinator
Short Arts Collective along with the SSPA National Council would like to announce a national competition for all members to come up with a design of a commemorative logo, which celebrates the SSPA’s 50th Anniversary.
The commemorative logo will be used as part of the SSPA’s marketing campaign in the lead up and during the 2017 National Convention and part of the branding on any promotional material etc. we would produce for the Convention.
The competition is now open and will close on Friday 2nd September 2016 from there, five finalists will be selected by the Short Arts Committee and the winning logo will then be chosen by the Trustees of the SSPA Careers and Vocational Fund. The winner will be announced at this year’s SSPA National Convention at Phillip Island.
Who can enter?
This competition is now open to all of our SSPA members of all ages.
When do entries close?
All entries must be in no later than Friday 2nd September 2016.
What is a logo?
A logo is an image and/or lettering that is used to represent an organisation, business, school, association, a club etc. A logo can be either an image that is a picture or graphic and/or it can be lettering which just spells out the name. You can also have both a picture/graphic along with lettering to make up a logo.
For the SSPA’s 50th Anniversary we would love to have a commemorative logo which not only celebrates this incredible milestone for our organisation but also a logo which captures what the SSPA means to its’ members. Ideas can range from incorporating the old logo for the Little People of Australia with our current logo for the Short Statured People of Australia, could be a montage of what the SSPA means to you or just a simple image…the possibilities and ideas are endless, we just want to throw it open to all of you and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.
What is the prize?
The winner will receive a $100 gift voucher to spend at either an arts, craft, camera, or musical instrument store of their choice courtesy of Short Arts Collective.
Before you enter…please read the conditions of entry.
1. All entries must be the original work of the artist.
2. The logo must incorporate the wording ‘SSPA’ and ‘50th Anniversary’ within the image/graphic and/or lettering.
3. Artwork is suitable for black and white and colour.
4. Entries to be presented in high resolution and to be submitted in at least 1MB digital files.
5. Artwork to be appropriate in size and clarity for multiple uses including: letterheads, website and promotional materials.
6. All entries must be in no later than Friday 2nd September 2016.
7. Final entries may be posted to Short Arts Collective c/- Carly Myers 10A Roch Crt. Ballan Victoria 3342 or if in digital form emailed to: [email protected]
8. For any questions please contact Carly Myers via email at: [email protected]
Dates: Sunday 25 September – Saturday 1 October
Iconic wildlife and family fun, stunning white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, you’ll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. See little penguins and sleepy koalas, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The 2016 SSPA National Convention will launch at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with a Medical Symposium and Expo. Transport will be provided for all convention attendees from the RCH to Phillip Island.
Venue: Phillip Island Adventure Resort: Situated on 80 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Phillip Island, the Resort benefits from its close proximity to many local attractions and beaches. Featured among the recreational facilities are 2 solar heated pools, one indoor heated pool, an extensive range of professionally built and accredited adventure activities, including 3 giant swings, 2 high ropes courses and multiple twin flying foxes, as well as two large recreational lakes.
Approximate costs for SSPA Members for the Convention week, including accommodation, meals and all activities:
Full Time Adult $620.00, Child 3-13 $350.00, Child Under 3: free
Part Time with bed rate: Adult $78 pn, Child 9-13 $58, Child 3-8 $42, Child Under 3: free
Casual Meal Rates: Adult $15, Child 9-13 $12, Child 3-8 $8, Child Under 3: free
Bed Linen Hire if required $20 pp.
(Please note these prices are for SSPA members and are subject to change. Non-SSPA members will be priced higher).
More details will follow soon.
Friday 10 – Monday 13 June 2016
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 Trophy for the fourth time. Since then weekend has evolved into the second largest event on the SSPA’s annual national calendar, with numbers of attendance in the 80’s. Today, this weekend aims to provide competitive and fun sporting opportunities for all across a variety of sports and for all abilities.
The weekend commences on Friday evening and concludes Monday morning with a range of activities in-between, including team sports, individual sports, team building games, a formal dinner dance and a night around the campfire to celebrate and reflect.
Each year we stay at the Ibis Styles Albury Lake Hume Resort which overlooks the spectacular Lake Hume, is just 10 minutes from Albury airport and an easy 15 minute drive from the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga. The Resort offers a variety of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. From comfortable hotel rooms to spacious cottages and apartments. Contact Lake Hume now to make your booking via email at: [email protected] or via telephone on 02 6026 4444
An online registration form will be available in early March. There are a range of events across the National Sports Weekend which require pre-payment. The accuracy of the registration process is vital to the success of the weekend, therefore please ensure that you register for all events you are planning on attending. Please stay tuned to the SSPA’s Facebook site and National Website for further details.
Meredith Young: [email protected]