National Sports Report

National Sports Report – June 2016

It’s been a busy few months on the Sports Side of SSPA. In this edition of the Journal you will have found the wrap up of the 22nd National Sports Weekend. In this Sports report, you’ll find an update on the 2017 World Dwarf Games and an update on our Paralympians for Rio 2016.

World Dwarf Games: Future Camps: 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):

  1. Melbourne (Before Convention) Basketball & Soccer Squad Training Weekend: 24 – 25 September 2016.
  2. Gold Coast – Whole Team Camp 3: Friday 2 December to Sunday 4 December 2016
  3. Gold Coast – Whole Team Camp 4: Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February 2017
  4. Melbourne – Camp 5 & Gala Weekend (Uniform Presentation): 1 July to 2 July 2017.

2016 Rio Paralympics Update: It was great to see so many short statured athletes training and competing toward the 2016 Rio Paralympics. There were over 11 Short Statured athletes across Swimming and Athletics attempting to qualify – all performed exceptionally well at their relevant championships. As of June 2016, we have 3 Short Statured Athletes (2 SSPA/WDG Members) Nominated for the Australian Paralympic Team (APT). Congratulations to Tanya Huebner on her nomination for the APT in Swimming and Claire Keefer on her outstanding Australian Domestic Season, achieving several “A” qualifiers which assures her a spot on the APT for Throwing (Athletics team to be announced). Additional mention goes to Kate (Swimming) & Kobie (Athletics) whom are both on the Rio Long list (still in with a chance, pending slot allocations). The team will be finalised by early August, with the Rio Paralympics occurring from 7–18 September – it will be televised by Channel 7.

Kind Regards,

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


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