National Sports Report

National Sports Report – May 2016

In some ways it feels like 2016 has just started but in others it feels like the year is flying by. Who can believe we are already in April! As with all things – sport is certainly starting to get into a full swing with many opportunities coming up for short statured individuals and their families. Before I get onto Albury & WDG Camp Wrap Up, I wanted to wish all our Paralympic hopefuls (Swimming & Athletics) the best of luck for their upcoming national championships (April). These championships will play a crucial role in athletes qualifying for the 2016 Rio Paralympics in September this year. At this stage we have over 8 athletes attempting to qualify – we wish them well!

2016 SSPA’s 22nd National Sports Weekend: Friday 10th– Monday 13th June 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.

Check out the 2015 Highlights Video:

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:

BSB: 633-000

Account No: 111096202


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: at:

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. The SSPA Code of Conduct has been included in this information for your reference.

World Dwarf Games: Gold Coast Camp Wrap Up

February 19th – 21st we had 26 Athletes from across Australia (+ 6 Coaches/Management), toughed out a gruelling 3 days of training in the Gold Coast heat (30+ Degrees!). These athletes not only trained, but also participated in other workshops, team bonding exercises and team meetings.

Check out the highlights video:

Fundraising and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsor the Australian WDG Team – Get your company logo/name on the Australian Team Uniform, promotional gear, letters, fundraising events, website and much more (*dependant on donation amount).

Donation – all donations are greatly appreciated and go a long way in ensuring Team Australia get to Canada in 2017 – Flights, Event rego, Accommodation, training, Uniforms…

Fundraising – Show your support at future fundraising events (TBA)!

Kind Regards,

Kobie Donovan,
National Sports Coordinator
Email: [email protected]


Many thanks,

Kobie Donovan
SSPA Sports Coordinator
[email protected]














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