Abi travels to Canada for World Dwarf Games

Congratulations to Abi Birch competing in the World Dwarf Games in Guelph, Canada last week and achieving five bronze and one silver medal. What a fantastic achievement.

Abi in Guelph collecting her silver medal

Abi proudly showing off her medals

Abi writes about her trip

My Canada Trip

My first international competition saw me head to Guelph, Ontario Canada as part of the Dwarf GB team. The world dwarf games is only held every 4 years and is an event where other people with restricted growth from all around the world can compete against each other in a fair balanced competition.

This year there were 22 countries register in interest in attending, however only 19 countries arrived due to visa applications and other issues which prevented them from coming. Many countries only had one or two athletes such as Peru, Austria and New Zealand. So, competing at the World Dwarf Games was special for everyone and Importantly the formation of new lasting international friendships.

During the 10-day event I competed in events that I have chosen to concentrate on in my sports such as shot where I achieved a bronze medal along with Javelin then came a second bronze medal. In the Discus, I achieved a silver medal, however on the track I was pushed very hard against the Canadian and USA athletes which I was competing against but my training paid off and I was awarded bronze medal positions in both the 100m and 60m runs. I wasn’t performing at my best on the track and field day due to coping with the heat and time difference, however I am still really pleased with my achievements. Whilst being at the games I also participated in some team events such as hockey where team GB took the bronze medal position and unfortunately in basketball and volleyball but team GB were unsuccessful in obtain a medal position having to settle for 4th place by losing just 5 points in each event.

I can safely say that attending these games have changed my life, I have achieved things I would never have thought possible, yet along the way I have made lasting friendships from all over the world.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported my fundraising and helped me achieve something so special that turned a dream into a reality for me.

Thank you

Abigail  


Good luck to Abi as she takes part in the School Games at Loughborough University at the end of this month.

Author: Nicola Parker - Date Added: 20/08/2017 at 14:25:21

 

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