Last night, the ABC aired an episode of their series “You Can’t Ask That”, based around Short Stature. The show has the aim of breaking down social stereotypes of marginalised Australian communities. We welcome the discussion that will begin with the individuals featured on the show and no doubt grow from there, hopefully making a positive change through better understanding and education.
The show can be viewed on ABC on demand at http://iview.abc.net.au/pro…/you-cant-ask-that/LE1517H001S00
‘Basketball Tree’ and ‘Wheels of Fire’ feature main characters who live with a disability: Sam is short-statured and Bec is a wheelchair user.
These are positive and affirming stories about kids today. They also depict the universal experience of people joining together through physical activity (basketball, dance).
Carole Lander is the author. The idea for this children’s fiction came to her when interviewing people for her book LITTLE PEOPLE BIG LIVES. They fill a gap in the literature for young people where few, if any, heroes and heroines live with a disability.
Available from www.checkword.com.au/book-sales
The 22nd SSPA National Sports Weekend was held between Friday 10th – Monday 13th June in Albury, NSW. This weekend began back in 1995 purely to provide an opportunity for the State of Origin basketball clash to take place between NSW and Victoria. The first weekend was attended by about 30 people. This year, we celebrated our 22nd weekend and enjoyed the company of 116 people. Before I wrap up the sports, I would like to thank the following people: Marg Daly, Luke Kirkegard, Tom Carney, Meredith Young, Ashleigh Hutchins, Sammy Lilly & Leon Lilly – their assistance was much appreciated. And to the many, many helping hands throughout the weekend, there are too many to mention but it all comes together because of our helpers.
Social Sport: Once again it was great to see an abundance of participation by all ages in our social sport. This year, Kids and Open Ages were able to participate in T-Ball, Tag Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, Laser Tag, and Fun Games for the Kids. The kids certainly put on a show in all sports – their athleticism, teamwork and determination really shone through. I look forward to watching this group develop – no doubt we have some future Paralympians and World Dwarf Games representatives amongst us.
Basketball State of Origin: As of 2015, 18 State of Origin matches have been contested with eight wins to NSW and ten wins to Victoria. Victoria have been on a winning streak; they have won the past five series in a row. NSW were certainly the underdogs, but their determination, new coach (Luke) and overall teamwork lead them to victory – NSW secured the 2016 Rosemary Hobbs Trophy in a nail-biting game. Entering the final quarter, NSW were leading 10–6; with five minutes to go it was 10 all. Victoria then led 12–10 with four minutes to go. Two minutes to go it was all tied up at 12 all. In the final minute with 45 seconds left on the clock, NSW scored to seal the victory. Final score NSW 14 to Victoria 12. Congratulations to all players that took part, in particular the 2016 Most Valuable Player from NSW – Jayson Blinco (on debut).
Badminton & Boccia: Eight pairs took part in the 2016 Badminton Tournament – some great matches were played with very close scores in the round games. The final was contested between Luke Missen/Anna Sydenham and Dawn Bos/Nina Kersten. Congratulations to the 2016 victors: Luke and Anna on their 21–18 win.
Six individuals took part in the Boccia, again so many close games and lots of surprises/upsets. Firstly, the bronze medal was taken out by Debra Keenahan after beating Pete Woods. The final came down to a tie breaker between a veteran of the sport, Bob Smith, and our youngest ever finalist, Emily Burgoine. Congratulations to Bob whom took out the 2016 Boccia Cup, and our runner up Emily, who no doubt has a bright future ahead!
Mini Olympics: This year we included a new and exciting event – the mini Olympics. We had eight teams rotate between eight challenges. They had a “minute to win it”. Each challenge had its own scoring system which led to the overall result. It was great to see everyone getting involved including, the ‘Old-timers’ (who had the most fun by far), ‘Families’, ‘Friends’, ‘Siblings’ and so forth – a truly inclusive, fun event for all. Our Wooden Spooners for the 2016 Tournament went to the ‘Newbies’, Captained by Jayson and Sarah, and our 2016 Champions who defeated second place (the ‘Siblings’) by 3 points were ‘The other forms of Dwarfism’ team, captained by Anthony and James. I have no doubt this event will be back bigger and better in 2017!
National Sports Weekend 2016 Video – check it out at:
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Congratulations to the 32 individuals that have thus far attended camp 1 or 2. Camp 3 will be the last chance for all other athletes and or new athletes to join the Australian Squad. Please contact me immediately if interested in World Dwarf Games – it’s not too late. The World Dwarf Games Committee have sets dates for the next 4 Camps. These are final and venues have been secured so it is recommended that athletes start looking for cheap flights (if necessary):
National Sports Coordinator
SSPA membership subscriptions are due from 1st August 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership and hope that you continue in the year ahead. Please renew your membership to remain financial and enjoy the benefits of being an SSPA member.
Membership renewal is as easy as accessing the following link and then paying your direct credit fee via online banking:
Remember your membership needs to be current to receive a discount on your Convention fees and to vote at the AGM.
**A big THANK YOU to the early birds who have already renewed for 2016/2017. Let’s build the SSPA and reach our highest membership ever…
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]