Mission Statement

The World Dwarf Games 2017 will be the largest sporting event in history held exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. Its goal is to attract athletes with dwarfism from around the world to participate in sports that include basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, swimming, table tennis, badminton, floor hockey, boccia, archery, kurling, powerlifting and marksmanship.  Athletes of all ages and every level of ability will be encouraged to participate in team and individual sports and explore their own athletic abilities with others of similar stature.  Participants will also participate in special events to celebrate international understanding, promote awareness of the dwarf experience worldwide, provide on-site clinics for athletes and sports professionals and introduce participants to elite athletes with dwarfism, many of whom have participated in international competitions such as the Parapan Am Games and Paralympics. Our aim is to provide the participants, their families and supporters, a welcoming and supportive environment for excellent sport competition at the University of Guelph’s state of the art facilities, while providing opportunities for forging lifelong friendships.

World Dwarf Games 2017  Host Committee is an organization formed  in 2015 to host the 7th international games in Guelph, Ontario, Canada after submitting a successful bid to the International Dwarf Athletic Federation.  Volunteer members and directors of the hosting committee are long-standing supporters of dwarf athletics. WDG 2017 is a registered non-profit organization and a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association (RCAAA), registered charity/business number  78759 3490 RR0001.

 

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Mrs Penelope Dean and Mr. Arthur Dean are each awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 11, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Mrs Penelope Dean and Mr. Arthur Dean are each awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 11, 2014. Photo credit : Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The International Dwarf Athletic Federation (IDAF), the worldwide governing body for dwarf sports, exists to: (a) encourage international sporting competition among dwarf athletes; (b) represent the needs of dwarf athletes among other international sporting organizations; (c) set and maintain standard rules for sports used in international competition; (d) establish eligibility and profiling rules for participating athletes; and (e) support a World Games every four years.