LPUK members had a great time at last weekends DSAuk National Games, in Birmingham.
The DSAuk National Games takes place every year over three days, three days which are full of fun, friendship and of course, sporting activity for all ages and ability.
The weekend started on the Friday afternoon, where athletes register and have chance to catch up with old friends and make new. The first event is the Powerlifting, which is held at the games hotel, this event has slowly been growing in popularity over the past few years and this year was as intense as ever, with a good crowd supporting all of the athletes. After this event there was the athletes meeting, giving everyone a chance to learn the ‘order’ of the weekend so everything runs as smoothly as possible. Another great meeting for the first night is the new members meeting, where all of the new members are introduced to a few friendly faces and welcomed to their first ever National Games.
Bright and early on Saturday morning was the Opening Ceremony, where the athletes pledge is read out and the Games officially opened, this year again, by the Mayor of Birmingham.
All of Saturday was spent at the Alexander Stadium where track and field events took place, these are inclusive for all ages, with the tennis ball and frisbee throw for the younger ones, acting as the equivalent of the shot put and discus for the older ones. There are also many track events such as 10m, 40m and 60m dash, with athletes ranging from a few years old to the more senior. This is also the first chance of the weekend for a bit of team work with various relay races taking place towards the end of the day. This year, the weather on Saturday was somewhat unpredictable, starting with glorious sunshine but interspersed with numerous downpours of rain and hail, yet this did not stop the athletes from waiting patiently and performing their best when the weather let up. And many supporters stopping around to cheer everyone on.
Sunday was another great day of sporting activity at Aldersley Leisure Village with New Age Kurling, Archery, Shooting, Table Tennis, Basketball, Cycling, Hockey and Football, being the sports for the day. Many goals were scored, records were broken in the cycling and there was some fantastic shooting, which is increasing in popularity. Sunday evening was a great chance for athletes and family to don their ‘glad rags’ with a fantastic meal, followed by a disco, and a chance for everyone to really catch up, celebrate their achievements and of course, take advantage of the photo booth to create some fun, long lasting memories.
The final day of events, saw the yearly swimming gala, at Cheslyn Hey Sports Centre, with competitors getting even younger, and swimming great times, it looks great for the future. Paralympic Gold medalist Ellie Simmonds was also there to show support and hand out many of the medals. In the afternoon, there were the finals of the Football tournaments, with some great fierce competition and an amazing atmosphere.
Finally, the Closing Ceremony bought the DSAuk 23rd National Games to a close, with everyone having a chance to say their goodbyes, and looking forward to a great time next year.
This year, LPUK also had the privilege of holding an information stand, where we were able to raise awareness of the charity, and provide DSAuk members the chance of attending LPUK events. LPUK patron Warwick Davis even had the chance to hand out many medal over the weekend!
This year’s DSAuk National Games was a fantastic event, with 192 competitors, competing in 12 sports over 3 days. It was a great step towards the 2017 World Dwarf Games, to be held in Canada next year.
Everyone from LPUK who attended had a great time, and we are hugely thankful for all the hard work that goes into organising the Dwarf Sports Association UK National Games, and we look forward the 24th Dwarf Sports Association UK National Games, in 2017.