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World Dwarf Games held in Guelph, Ont. celebrates athletes from around the globe

World Dwarf Games held in Guelph, Ont. celebrates athletes from around the globe
From Global News - August 12, 2017

Athletes from around the world converged on Guelph, Ont. from August 4th to 12th to compete in the World Dwarf Games.

These game are open to all ages, from six-year-olds right up to people aged over 35 and the range of talent is quite impressive. Competitions in archery, badminton, basketball, boccia, floor hockey, curling, swimming, marksmanship, power lifting, soccer, table tennis, track and field and volleyball see hundreds of athletes competing against each other for a spot on the podium.

According to organizers, The World Dwarf Games are considered to be the largest sporting event in history being held exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.

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Our aim is to provide the participants, their families, and supporters, a welcoming and supportive environment for excellent sport competition at the University of Guelphs state of the arts facilities, while providing opportunities for forging lifelong friendships, organizers say on their website.

Mikayla Bleau has been training hard in both archery and swimming. The Grade 11 student won her first gold medal 4 years ago. This year she took home both the gold and silver medals in archery.

Bleau tells Global News the games are not about competing for a piece of hardwarethey represent an opportunity for athletes with dwarfism to excel in sports and build lasting friendships with other athletes.

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