For most athletes, attending the World Dwarf Games will be a once in a lifetime opportunity – don’t let it slip away! The three biggest factors determining your participation are:
- Desire: If you have the desire to attend, everything else is just a detail. The stronger your desire, the more likely you are to make it to the Games and have them make a permanent impact on your life!
- Preparation: You need to be prepared in spirit, body, and mind. Visualize yourself representing your nation on the field of competition. Pay attention to the little details that will maximize your health and wellness. Seek the coaching you need to enhance your skills!
- Funding: Participation in the Games is not free. Your major expenses include: registration, and a shared room in Athlete Village (9 nights) with meals plan (25 meals) . You also need to figure in transportation to Guelph, a little spending money while you are there, and any cost you may incur in your training.
If your parents are financing your trip, this would be a good time to give them an extra hug. For many athletes, the fundraising becomes a personal challenge. So here are some tips.
Don’t expect all your funding to come from one source. Diversify!
Family friends & neighbors
Stores and restaurants where you shop
Professional services you have used: Banks, Credit Unions, Doctors, Dentists, Barbers & Beauticians, Lawn Service, Teachers, Plumbers, anyone you or your family has paid for service.
Civic groups, where you or family or friends are members: Church, Temple, Mosque, Union Hall, Lions, Elks, Moose, Rotary, Optimists, Little People groups, etc.
People at your school and/or place of work (past and current),
People who spend their leisure time where you do: Gym, Spa, Roller Rink, Pool, Bowling Alley, Golf Course, Mini Golf, Mall, Movie Theater, Park, Paint Ball Court, Sports Arena, etc.
Give everyone on your list a personalized letter about the Games that includes:
Why you want to help represent your country,
What sports you will compete in, if you can raise enough funds,
The amount of money you need to raise