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National Dwarf Games underway in Wolverhampton

Paralympian Ellie Simmonds previously competed in the Games Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The National Dwarf Games got under way today, at Wolverhampton's Aldersley Leisure Village, where Paralympian Ellie Simmonds was in attendance.

Dozens of athletes from across Europe came to the West Midlands for the two day event, which finishes tomorrow.

The list of events includes:

  • Table-tennis
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
The National Dwarf Games says it provides young people with a chance to compete in a range of events, both as individuals and as a team Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is the sixth consecutive year the National Dwarf Games have been held at the Wolverhampton venue and spectators are being encouraged to show their support at all events, where entry is free.

Facts and figures about the Games:

  • The event is sanctioned by the Paralympic Association
  • Organised by the Dwarf Sports Association UK
  • The Games have been running for 21 years
  • 185 athletes are expected to take part over the course of the weekend

The president and founder of the Dwarf Sports Association UK, Arthur Dean, says the event has helped to reduce prejudice towards people with dwarfism:

This organisation has played a major role in breaking down barriers in society towards people with dwarfism. It all began with six members and now boasts 500!

Seeing these young people develop in their lives as well as in sport is so rewarding and well worth 21 years of team work.

– Arthur Dean, President of Dwarf Sports Association