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DSA President and Chair receive O.B.E

The DSA's President Arthur Dean and it's Chair Penny Dean are both on their way to Buckingham Palace today to receive their O.B.E's.

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Jess keeps up the good work on the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge.

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Jess sets off on her Rickshaw Challenge

Early this morning Jess set off from Salford on the Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge.

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Pete Jardine will be running the 2015 London Marathon for the DSAuk on 26th April 2015.

After we successfully gained a charity place in the 2015 London Marathon and after being inundated with applications from potential runners, we are delighted to announce that Pete Jardine will be running to raise money for DSAuk.

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Northampton Teen to Undertake The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge 

Sixteen year old Jess will be part of Team Rickshaw 2014 for BBC Children in Need

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Para-Badminton Approved for 2020 Paralympic Games

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Sport England invests a further £2.1 million to get more disabled people playing sport

Sport England has today provided a further boost to disability sport by awarding £2.1 million of National Lottery funding to help increase the number of disabled people playing sport.

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European ParaBadminton Championships

Over the week of the 8th to the 12th September six members of the DSAuk from England, Scotland and Ireland travelled to Murcia in Spain to play for their country in the European Parabadminton Championships.

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1st Newcastle Achondroplasia Symposium Further Information and Survey.

The views of DSA members are vital to the success of this project.

It would be very helpful if as many members as possible could complete a survey before the Symposium takes place.

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RGA Convention 2014


The DSAuk will be providing an information stand at the RGA convention in Daventry on 24th - 26th October and we'll be putting on a have a go session during the weekend.

If you would like to know more about The RGA convention click on the read more button.

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The First Newcastle Achondroplasia Symposium - 20th & 21st September 2014

Dr Michael Wright has invited all DSAuk members to the First Newcastle Achondroplasia Symposium

This is an exciting opportunity for members of UK support organisations to meet and discuss healthcare provision with doctors and other healthcare professionals from hospitals with a particular interest in providing services for people with achondroplasia.

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Parabadminton Weekend in Liverpool

The Merseyside Parabadminton Champs has something for everyone, a perfect chance to try out your first Parabadminton event.

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International Para-Badminton Tournament at Loughborough University 27th to 29th June.

Over the weekend DSA members and dwarf players from all over the world will be competing in the first England International Parabadminton Tournament. Don't miss it.

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The Queen honours Penny & Arthur Dean

The Dwarf Sports Association are proud to announce that its Chair Penny Dean and its President Arthur Dean have each been awarded an `O.B.E` in the Queens Birthday Honours List today.

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DSAuk works to help make cycling more accessible for people with dwarfism

Click 'Read More' to find out how you can help.

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Jack Shephard Does Something Amazing

On Sunday 1st June I entered the Sheffield performance centre Badminton Tournament. I partnered up with Sam Smith in the men's doubles tournament.

I was the only player with a disability in the tournament. In the doubles Sam and myself managed to get through to the finals by being the top of our group.

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Day Seven the final Day of Steve's Do Something Amazing Challenge

Gevgelija to Thessaloniki

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Day Six of Steve's amazing journey

Veles to Gevgeija

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Day five of Steve Scott's amazing cycling challenge

Vladicin Han to Veles Macedonia

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Steve Scott's day four Do Something Amazing Challenge

Nis to Vladicin

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Day three of Steve's Do Something Amazing Challenge

Don't miss your day three update with Steve Scott

Jagodina to Nis

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Day two of Steve's Do Something Amazing Tour of Serbia

Don't miss the second instalment. Day two.

Belgrade to Jagodina. 

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Steve Scott on Day one of his Do Something Amazing Cycle Tour of Serbia.

At our AGM DSA asked members to do something Amazing this year for themselves and DSA Our very own Trustee and fellow athlete really is doing the amazing and more as we speak. Steve aims to ride a journey beginning Sunday 18th on his bicycle from Belgrade, Serbia to Thessalonica, Greece. A journey of around 500 miles in Six Days it will really stretch and test the strength of any person and we know Steve will be giving it his best shot and come through for the DSAuk. Watch the websit for updates of Steve's journey and please give generously to support our boy, Go Steve!

Read all about Steve's adventure everyday for the next 6 days.

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Lisa Longley and her friends are 'Doing Something Amazing' for DSAuk.

On 17th May 2014, Lisa Longley and her friends from the Queen Elizabeth School in Cumbria are attempting to complete the 'Bob Graham Round Relay' in aid of DSAuk and the Paul Percy Memorial Fund.

The 'Bob Graham Round Relay' is an incredible feat of endurance and really is 'Doing Something Amazing'!

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2014 National Dwarf Games

185 athletes with a genetic dwarfism or restricted growth condition made their way from all four corners of the UK to Birmingham and Wolverhampton for three days of sport over the May day bank holiday weekend.

The Dwarf Sports Association UK National Games was the biggest ever with athletes from all four home countries plus Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Spain and Ireland.

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Badminton International to be held in the UK

Badminton England are organising a full International Para-Badminton Tournament in Loughborough (near Nottingham) on the 24th to 29th June.

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Andy Duff is running the London Marathon!

Click on 'read more' to find out how to support Andy in this fabulous event...

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Dwarf Athletic Association of America - National Games 2014

Although it may not feel like Spring, April is upon us which means it is time to turn our attention to the 28th National Games of the DAAA.

The 2014 Games will be held in San Diego, California in conjunction with the Annual LPA Conference.

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Helen Moore runs Liverpool Half Marathon to raise funds for DSAuk

On 23rd March Helen Moore is running the Liverpool Half Marathon in aid of the DSAuk.

Support Helen and the DSA with her super human challenge.

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Daniel's first Parabadminton Tournament in Middlesex

On Sunday 12 January 2014, I competed in the Middlesex Para-Badminton Tournament and played 3 singles matches and a mixed-doubles match - all of the players I competed with being Seniors. 

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Update on Andy Duff's London Marathon Fundraising and Training

Andy Duff's preparations for the London Marathon are starting to get serious. Cold mornings and long runs and all to benefit the DSAuk and Down's Syndrome Association.

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Birmingham ParaBadminton Festival/Tournament

On Saturday the 1st February 12 members of the DSAuk took part in the first Birmingham at the National Indoor Arena.

This series of one day events has started in 2014 and is part of the new Para-badminton circuit. They are perfect for a first taste of a tournament for players who are developing and are done in a day so no stay over is required

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British Athletics Talent ID Days

Talent Introduction days are for people new to athletics wanting to get a taste of the sport before starting. At the introduction days our local coaches will work with new athletes on event training and conditioning

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DSA welcomes a new member of staff to the office

Michelle joins the office team as our Operational Support Assistant. Click Read More to find out more about Michelle.

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DSAuk National Dwarf Games 2014 Entry is now open

Details on how to enter the DSAuk National Games and our totally new online entry process are detailed in this page: Please click on the read more button for all the information on how to enter.

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Daniel Allen's BBC Sports Personality Adventure

Daniel Allen recently had the amazing experience of being part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award judging panel. Read about his day on the panel and his trip to Leeds here:

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Birmingham ParaBadminton Festival/Tournament

One day Parabadminton tournament held in Birmingham at the National Indoor Arena.

Ideal opportunity for players of all level to enjoy Badminton and develop their game. Events for singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

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DSA Athlete Profile - Lauren Sullivan

Name:Lauren Sullivan Occupation:Student Age:15 Years

What is your Sporting background?

I started doing sport with the DSA and found I loved swimming best of all.
I like the shooting as well!

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Northern Ireland Regional Update

The DSANI Region has started organising a Winter Sports Programme for all its members and families of all ages.

So far we have held four fun packed sessions at the Lisburn Racquets Club. On all occasions it was a great success, involving both old and new members of the DSANI region.

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South East region update

2013 has kicked off more swimming and football events within the South East.

Our football coaching at Stevenage sandwiched around the World Games training is still very popular and the swimming sessions in Cambridge are growing even further.

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DSAUK Athletes Win Awards

Recently four DSA junior athletes have received awards for their sporting success.
Matthew Topping was awarded the young sportsman of the year award by his local council and is now being considered for a regional sports award for his endeavours both at the national games, world games and four nations badminton tournaments.Good luck Matt for later in the year.......

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DSAuk given British Shooting Award

The DSAuk was awarded a prestigious accolade by British Shooting recently for its work both in developing shooting for people with dwarfism and also for the part it has played in promoting shooting for the disabled over the last few years....

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World Dwarf Games, Michigan 2013

The sixth World Dwarf Games took place in the US state of Michigan from 3rd August to the 10th August 2013 and with over 400 athletes from 20 nations competing, was the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.

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South West Region Update

The SW region has concentrated on fundraising over the last few months in order to subsidise a few events throughout Spring & Summer 2013. On Saturday 17 th November Asda of Yeovil invited us to carry out an Awareness Event by talking to customers & handing out leaflets. The event raised £233 on the day and a future £200 through their token scheme.

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South Central update

The South Central region has been busy organising some different events.

In October we held a successful skiing session, despite the rain. Karen organised our second Art fundraiser, the theme this time was Autumn. The event raised £140.

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The First 20 Years of the DSAUK

An article by Arthur Dean from the latest issue of Reachout

It is with great pride that I sit here today, writing this article.
Where has the time gone? What have we achieved? Where are we now?
I would need a book to fill everything in. But allow me to take some part of those 20 years and share them with you........

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British Athletics - Talent Introduction Days 

~ Open Training Sessions for Paralympic Athletics ~

We are inviting all new and aspiring athletes to the Talent Introduction Days being held this winter and spring to experience a day of training with specialist coaches for sprints, throws and wheelchair racing. Information will be provided about Parallel Success competition opportunities during the 2014 season.

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2013 World Dwarf Games, Final Wrap up

It was the largest sporting event in history exclusively for dwarf athletes, and YOU were there!

Whether on campus or by following us on social media, from Opening Ceremonies to the Closing Banquet, it was an amazing experience: 

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The World Dwarf Games 2013

The sixth World Dwarf Games took place in the US state of Michigan from 3rd August to the 10th August 2013 and with over 400 athletes from 20 nations competing, was the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.

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Team GB ready for the World Dwarf Games

On the 1st August DSAuk athletes will be traveling to the USA to compete in the World Dwarf Games 2013.

The team are hoping to top the medal table for the third World Games in a row. The team have been preparing since 2009 and have stepped up thier training schedule over the last year. 

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EFDS Festival of Sport

Calling young disabled people to join in the sporting fun. In May, the English Federation of Disability Sport will deliver three days of sporting fun for young disabled people at the home of Paralympic sport- Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The Festival of Sport is being held on 10-12 May 2013 and is for 6 to 16 year olds with all impairments to try a range of sports. Supported by Everyone Active, the event is free for participants to take part.

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LONDON TO PARIS CYCLE RIDE 11th -15th June 2013

Michael O'Donoghue (Wilfred’s dad), Martin Tampkins (Alex’s dad) Danny Simmons, Ricky Archer, Steve Mulcahy and Robin Heron have decided to do a charity bike ride to raise money for the DSAuk. They will start cycling on the 11th June 2013 from London go through Ashford , Calais, Licques, Abbeville, Beauvais to Paris by the 15th June.

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The Peel Tower is BACK !

This is a perfect opportunity to raise funds for those of you who are part of the GB team.

It is also a way of raising money for DSAuk if you are not part of the GB team going to Michigan.

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DSAUK Awareness Week

Next week is our DSAuk awareness week.
Please change your Facebook profile picture to our logo or a picture of you enjoying a DSA event.

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The Cube is looking for contestants for its new series.

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Congratulations to Ellie Simmonds

Congratulations to DSA Patron Ellie Simmonds who has topped a spectacular year  (that included winning two golds, a silver and a bronze at this year’s London Paralympic Games) by being awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

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New Video Gallery

Whether you're new to the DSAUK or a regular member you'll want to look at our new video gallery.  Go through "about us" then "video" on the menu  above or just click on the image to the left.

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Ellie Simmonds in top 12 of BBC SPOTY 

This weeknd on Sunday 16th December the top 12 sports personalities of 2012 will be voted upon by you the public.

One of those personalities is Eleanor Simmonds.

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Arthur Dean addresses World Dwarf Games press conference

Arthur Dean addressing a press conference in Michigan about the 2013 world games and how dwarf sports have changed his life and the lives of many others.

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Calvert Trust Weekend

Members of the DSAUK North West and North East regions shared challenges and enjoyed the great outdoors in Keswick at the Calvert Trust. Many experienced sports and activities they had never tried before, a brilliant weekend was had by all who attended. Take a look at the pictures.

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Mascot Competition

The DSAuk is launching a brand new mascot for our charity.

We?ve never had a mascot before and after some discussion it was thought to be a great idea.

The committee and trustees have chosen a lion as the animal we will focus on however our mascot still needs a name. Something that represents the DSA, its aims and ethos,also a name that is unforgettable.

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Full weekend of sport for DSAuk members

Over the weekend DSA members had lots to choose from as we held the first of the World games training days in Birmingham on Saturday. Preparing our teams for the Football and Basketball tournaments in 2013.

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Swimming events you might be interested in

There are a few swimming events over October and November that DSAuk members may be interested in firstly the swim a fun event in Yate in the south west which is aimed participation for all swimmers of all abilities.

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North West Learn to Ski sessions

The North West Region have started a new learn to ski group.

They are meeting at the Rossendale dri ski slope and are learning with specialist help from the coaching staff there.

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Dwarf athletes win six medals in London for Paralympic Team GB

Are you inspired?

Well you should be.

What an amazing two weeks of sport. The Olympics fortnight was brilliant with the most successful team Great Britain has ever had, but that was only the start of the incredible sport that followed.

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Two more days of success in the London Aquatic Centre for DSAuk swimmers

The last couple of days have been exciting in the London aquatic centre, with both Matt Whorwood and Ellie Simmonds featuring in the action.

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DSAuk Patrons Ellie Simmonds and Matt Whorwood are triumphant in the pool


All of the members of the DSAuk sat glued to their TV's last night as Ellie Simmonds and Matt Whorwood both swam to Paralympic glory in the 400m freestyle finals.

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New Parent Representative on the Operational Committee

The DSAuk operational committee would like to try and stay in touch with its members, both full members and associate members. So for this reason the operational committee has co-opted Nick Beaumont on to the committee as “Parents’ Representative”.

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Zoe Newson lifts her way to a Bronze Medal

Zoe Newson wins a Bronze medal in the Powerlifting at the London Paralympic Games.

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DSAuk Boccia and Badminton weekend

This weekend saw the very best Boccia and Badminton players meet in Birmingham for the DSAuk National Tournament.

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Ellie Simmonds Says

The Walsall-born swimmer’s two unexpected gold medals and podium tears as a 13-year-old in Beijing four years ago catapulted her into the spotlight.

But, despite enjoying great success since then, Ellie who competes in the S6 category is refusing to worry about adding to her haul in London.

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The Paralympian Magazine is now available online

This award winning publication is written by the International Paralympic Committee and is full of information about the upcoming London Paralympics.

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Dwarf athletes selected for London 2012 Paralympics

As we approach the greatest show on earth, the London 2012 Olympics, the GB team has been announced and the dwarf athletes competing are now known.

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DSAuk members carry the Olympic Torch

Congratulations and well done to all the Olympic Torch Bearers from the DSAuk.

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DSAuk Junior champions go for gold

For the first time in the event’s history the Nationwide Junior Athletics Championships will be held at the Westwood Athletics Track at the University of Warwick. Being held over this weekend, the event will welcome over 250 competitors to take part in the biggest national competition of its kind. Disabled athletes aged 12-20 will compete in a full track and field programme- going for gold.

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DSA Members triumph at Sefton Tri-athlon

Nic Beaumont, Jacob (14), Dylan (12), Reece (8), his two brothers Syd and Tony and my mate, Steve all competed in the 'John Hulley' Sefton Triathlon on Saturday 30 June 2012 in Crosby, Liverpool to raise funds for the DSAuk World Games Appeal.

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European Parabadminton Championships

6 Gold medals for Englands Parabadminton Team

Team England Para-Badminton stars Martin Rooke (Herts), Rachel Choong (Lancs) and Andrew Martin (Kent) all secured two European titles at the 2012 European Para-Badminton Championships in Dortmund. In addition, Gobi Ranganathan (Herts), Oliver Clarke (Kent) and Antony Forster (Avon) topped the podium once, with Daniel Lee (Essex), Bruno Forbes (Middlesex) and Krysten Coombs (Devon) grabbing silver as a reward for their efforts over the weekend.

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Sailing & Canoeing Day

14th July 2012 10am - 4pm

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European Parabadminton Championships

Next weekend sees the start of the European Parabadminton Championships.

The DSAuk has some of the best players in the world within its membership and they are all travelling over to Dortmund to compete in this prestigious championship.

There will be players from all over Europe and the standard of play will be high, competition to be European champion is high and all the team will need to be at the peak of their ability.

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DSA Swimmers excel at Junior Championships

It was a fantastic weekend of swimming for the competitors at the Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championships.

The event welcomed over 200 swimmers from across the country, where one world record, one European record and eight British records were broken – all records are dependent on ratification.

Disability Sport Events (DSE) – the events division of The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)division organised the event on 24 and 25 March, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

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Juniors swim for gold in Sheffield

Over 200 disabled swimmers will take to the pool for the National Junior and Youth Swimming Championships. The event held at Ponds Forge International Swimming Championships in Sheffield is an annual opportunity for the nation’s best youngsters to compete over a 25m short course.

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DSA Patron sets new World Record

There were tears of joy from double Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds as she broke her own SM6 world record in the 200m Individual Medley final at the British Swimming Championships in London.

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Adam Alderman's Powerlifting season so far

After recovering from a broken wrist last year Adam Alderman has had to work hard to recover his form for the 2011 /12 Powerlifting season. At an estimate it set him back about 8 months. However, he competed in Holland in October 2011 and lifted 128 kg.

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British International Swimming Championships

The British International Swimming Championships are being held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on the 6-8 April.

This is the last chance for Britain's top swimmers to qualify for the London Paralympics.

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Shooting Development Days

DSAuk in partnership with the Disabled Shooting Project are hosting a series of Shooting Development Days.
There will be plenty of opportunity for coaching and practicing air rifle target shooting along with the opportunity at certain venues to try new styles of shooting such as crossbow and pistol.

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DSA Players feature in first ever Para-Badminton Squad  


BADMINTON England have today invited 12 Para-Badminton players to form the newly introduced Team England Para-Badminton squad for 2012.

6 stars, including some well known names on the global Para-Badminton circuit, have been pinpointed as ‘Podium Performance’ players whilst a further 6 players will form a ‘Podium Potential’ group.

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DSA Patron Eleanor Simmonds in last three for BBC Sports Personality Awards

The Dwarf Sports Association uk are proud to announce their patron Eleanor Simmonds M.B.E has been shortlisted in the final three for this years BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011.

She was shortlisted due to another record breaking year in which she broke several world records and won gold medals at both the Paralympic World Cup and IPC European Championships.

Fingers crossed for the 22nd December when the winner will be announced.

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Committee Profile - Nick Beaumont

My committee role is Parents' Representative.

I am very passionate about this wonderful charity and will always be grateful for everything it has given my family.

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East Midlands Charity Family Quiz

The East Midlands Region are organising a Charity Family quiz to raise funds for the DSAuk.

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Committee Profile - Pippa Wauthier

I have been a member of the DSA for 10 years. I work as a teacher of the deaf, and have Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia which was diagnosed when I was 4 years old.

I spent my childhood living in Cambridge. Both my parents are average height and quite sporty so encouraged me to be active...

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DSA players compete in Parabadminton World Championships

DSA Badminton Players Niall McVeigh and Krysten Coombs are in Guatemala this week competing in the Parabadminton World Championships.

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DSA Swimmers prepare for 2012 Open Short Course in Sheffield

Swimmers get ready for 2012 at Nationwide Open Short Course

Record breaking Paralympians are amongst the competitors at the Nationwide Open Short Course Swimming Championships this weekend. With London 2012 Paralympics fast approaching, the athletes are in preparation for the biggest year of their lives.

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David Beckham joins Ellie Simmonds as part of the Active Kids Campaign

David Beckham will become a new face of Sainsbury's, the supermarket chain has announced.

The former England football captain will front its Active Kids campaign and along with one of the DSAuk's patrons Elllie Simmonds promote its sponsorship of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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DSA swimmers train with Paralympic Champions

Young swimmers from the Dwarf Sports Association met up with the DSA patrons Eleanor Simmonds M.B.E and Matthew Whorwood in Swansea for a very special training day.

They were treated to a training session with Billy Pye and the paralympic medallists and given an insight into the dedication and hard work the paralympic swimmers put into every day of their training.

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DSA Athletes on Channel 4

Best of British featuring Sean Clare and Kyron Duke, if you missed this on Ch4, catch up with Sean on 40D

The programme following these two athletes through their training and at competitions also features the DSA National Games. This episode is part of a series featuring paralympic hopefuls with differing disabilities.

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DSA Athletes excel at Stoke Mandeville

A fine weekend for both the British weather and our DSAUK athletes who took part in the Stoke Mandeville Grand Prix open athletics meeting held at the Stoke Mandeville stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic games.

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70's Disco Fundraiser

Disco fundraiser for the Dwarf Sports Association World Games Team

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Powerlifter Zoe Newson Voted IPC Athlete of the Month

British powerlifter and DSA member Zoe Newson has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athlete of the Month for June.

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Aviva Parallel Success Athletics - Bedford

A group of 6 DSA athletes travelled to Bedford to join 100 other disabled athletes and compete in the APS Athletics competition at the weekend. The APS event was run alongside the Senior English National Championships and was sanctioned by the IPC, giving athletes from all disability classifications the opportunity to achieve minimum qualifying standard performances for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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DSA Sailing and Canoeing day

Well for us it started started on the Friday - just as well, given there's a shed load of work to do in order the day runs smoothly for members and families - I know I watched it.

From setting up camp, to counting canoes and organising the food to moving duck .... Well ask Dan. If you were there and thought it plentiful - believe me you only saw half.

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DSA text giving service

The DSAuk now has a text giving service.

If you or any of your friends wish to make a donation to the DSA it can be done by text.

Just text DSAU01 to 70070 followed by the amount in pounds and that amount will be paid to the DSA as a donation.

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Eleanor Simmonds sets new World Record at the IPC European Championships

Our own DSA patron Eleanor Simmonds has won her first gold medal of the IPC European Championships and had the whole team on their feet as she broke her own world record by two seconds.

The World Champion went into the lead from the start and finished the race 17 seconds ahead of her rivals.

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Daily Echo article about DSA swimmer Leo McCrea

Young athlete and swimmer Leo McCrea has recently been featured in the Daily Echo

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DSA Sailing and Canoeing day

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Recent results for DSA athletes

The Dwarf Sports Association has had lots of successful high level athletes competing all over the world recently. Our athletes have done really well and here is a rundown on what they have been achieving.

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DSA Athletes win Gold in IWAS World Games

Sean Clare, Vicky Silk, Holly Niell and Kyron Duke are all F40 class athletes who are out in Dubai representing Great Britain in the IWAS World Junior Games.

They are all outstanding young athletes and are proving that with their medal haul so far this week.

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Eleanor Simmonds selected for European Championships

The British Disability Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, has been announced to face Europe’s elite at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

The 43-strong British contingent includes double Paralympic Champion and DSA Patron Eleanor Simmonds, multi-Paralympic medallist Sascha Kindred and world record holder Jonathan Fox.

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DSAuk National Games Entries Closing Date

The Closing date for entries into the 2011 National and Open Dwarf Games is the 25th March.

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DSA Swimmers triumph in Sheffield

Well done to all the DSAuk's young swimmers at the National Junior Championships in Sheffield.

All of the team came home with a medal and every one of the swimmers competing produced a personal best time.

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DSA Patron Eleanor Simmonds alongside as DSA Junior Swimmers go for Gold

On the 26th and 27th February 7 swimmers from the Dwarf Sports Association will be competing in the EFDS Disability Sport Events swimming gala in Sheffield. The event gives young British swimmers an opportunity to compete at the highest level and is a springboard to international success.

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Success at the IPC World Championships

During late January two dwarf field athletes from the UK,travelled to New Zealand as part of the UK team competing at the IPC World Athletics Championships.

The two athletes in question were Sophie Hancock and Kyron Duke.

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Young Achievers from the DSA

Young Dwarf Sports Association athletes Robert Abraham and Jack Shephard were recently both awarded Derbyshire young achiever awards from the County Council.

They both achieved success at a national level in different sports Robert for his swimming and his outstanding results this year and Jack for his Badminton and Athletics.

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DSA athletes selected for UK Athletics squads

Congratulations goes to Sean Clare who was recently selected to join the UK Athletics development squad. Well done Sean as we believe you are the first male dwarf athlete to have ever been selected on to this squad. Watch out for Sean at future Paralympic events.

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Dwarf Sports Association working with Children in Need

The Dwarf Sports Association works very hard alongside Children in Need to bring sporting activity and opportunity to an incresing number of children.

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DSA Powerlifters Success

DSA Powerlifters have recently had a great deal of success firstly Zoe Newson competed in the commonwealth games in Delhi and lifted a new personal best of 85kg. She narrowly missed out on a medal coming 4th overall in her weight class.

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Ellie Simmonds will be the face of Sainsbury's Active Kids Campaign

Double Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds has been unveiled as the new face of a scheme to get more children involved in sport launched by Sainsbury's, a Tier One London 2012 sponsor of the Paralympics.

The 15-year-old from Walsall will feature in an advertising campaign leading up to London 2012 for "Sainsbury's Active Kids", which is now in its sixth year and has so far raised over £86 million ($134 million) which has been used to purchase new sports equipment aimed at encouraging children to take part in a healthy, active lifestyle.

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4 Nations Badminton Report

Four Nations Disabled Badminton Championships 2010/11 Series
Welsh Leg – Cardiff, 10th-12th September 2010

The English contingent again dominated the medal podium as the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff hosted the first event in the 2010/11 Four Nations Disabled Badminton Championships series. 

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DSA Athletes medal success at IWAS Junior World Championships

The Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team had an excellent IWAS World Junior Championships in Olomouc, Czech Republic (20-26 August 2010), winning a total of eight gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals on day one of the competition.

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DSA Patrons triumph at IPC World Championships

Double Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds gave the British Disability Swimming Team the perfect start to competition by knocking four seconds off her world record in the S6 400m Freestyle. 

The World Championships kicked off with the S6 men’s and women’s 400m Freestyle. DSA patron Matt Whorwood got the Brits off to silver in the first race and the night just got better for the team as they took a total of ten medals. 

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Watch Eleanors new World Record here

Follow the link below to watch the DSA's own Eleanor Simmonds smash the world record for the 400m Freestyle in Eindhoven.

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Record TV Coverage of IPC Swimming World Championships

The 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will be seeing more coverage than any previous IPC Swimming World Championships.

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New World Records for Elle Simmonds

Elle sets two new World records in BT World Paralympic World Cup

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DSAuk Badminton Players become European Champions

Five members of the DSAuk represented England at the recent European Badminton Championships for the Disabled in Switzerland.

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DSA Powerlifters triumph in Texas.

DSA powerlifters Roxanne Luckock and Adam Alderman performed brilliantly in the recent International lift in America.

The competition held in Texas hosted the best lifters in the World.

Roxanne Won the Junior Benchpress event to become the World Junior Champion.

Adam Alderman lifted two weight classes above his class and came in fourth place which is a fantastic result.

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IDAF announces host for the 2013 World Dwarf Games

Recently announced by the Chairman of IDAF was the winning bid to host the next World Dwarf games in 2013.

There were 3 countries interested in hosting this prestigious event and the bids were all of a high standard, but the winners and hosts for 2013 were the United States of America.

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Eleanor Simmonds & Matt Whorwood Lead Paralympic Swimmers

Double Paralympic gold medallist Elleanor Simmonds is joined by multiple British medallists including Matthew Whorwood, Liz Johnson and David Roberts as the home nation take on swimmers representing Europe, the Americas and Rest of The World for the BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.

The event at the Manchester Aquatics Centre will be a key performance indicator for the British swimmers ahead of the IPC World Championships in August in Eindhoven.

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Register your interest in tickets for the London 2012 Olympics

If you are interested in attending the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics go online now and sign up for tickets.

You will not have to commit to buy tickets now, but will have the opportunity to buy them when they go on sale.

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Azi's Sponsored Swimathon

DAAUK member Azi Zahed is taking part in a 5 Kilometer swimathon on the 23rd March to raise money for the DAA.

She is aiming to swim 200 lengths in one hour. Azi will be doing this in the Kingsfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston upon Thames.

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Dean Kelly wins Cumbria Sports Award

The talents and dedication of athletes, sports teams, coaches and sport volunteers in Cumbria were celebrated last night (Friday 27th November) at the annual Cumbria Sports Awards.

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Zoe Newson excels at IWAS World Championships in India

Zoe Newson went to the IWAS World Games held in Bangalore, India as part of the GB team. There were 43 countries taking part in 11 sports and as part of the Powerlifting she took to the stage in Koramangala Indoor Stadium.

She weighed in at 38.6kg and managed to successfully lift 80kg a new personal best in spite of the searing heat, despite being comfortable in the gym lifting 82.5kg this was simply too much on this occasion because of the heat.

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Eleanor does it again! and is Crowned IPC World Champion

Eleanor Simmonds does it again, and is crowned World Champion in Rio at the IPC World Championships. So far this week she has won gold Medals in the 400m Freestyle, 200m I.M and 4x100m Relay.

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Eleanor donates her Family Fortunes winnings to the DAA

On Sunday night Eleanor Simmonds featured in All Star Family Fortunes on ITV1.

Eleanor and her Family took on Denise Lewis in an Olympic Gold Madallists show down.

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Jodrell Bank Cyclosportive 2010

Cyclosportive Sponsored Cycle Ride March 2010

This event could be entered as a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the DAAUK.

If you are interested in attending and entering this event contact Tim in the office or Steve Scott

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DAAUK Boccia Tournament 2009

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Eleanor Simmonds nominated for BBC awards

Eleanor Simmonds the DAA's own Paralympic Gold Medallist has been nominated for a second time for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Well done and congratulations Elle, lets hope she wins it for a second time.

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Final day of the European Swimming Championships

Eleanor Simmonds claimed her fourth European title in the women’s S6 100m Freestyle after beating team-mate Natalie Jones to the wall. Paralympic Champion Simmonds put in an excellent performance and looked strong throughout the race. She touched the wall in a time of 1:17.57 and after the race she said:

“I am really happy to have won that because every time I get in to race I want to win. It is so great to have won that. I have moved on from Beijing because I have come here and won four gold medals instead of the two.”

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IPC European Swimming Championships day two

More Medals for Matt and Elle on day two

European and Paralympic Bronze medallist Matthew Whorwood won his second bronze medal of the competition after putting in a superb performance in the men's S6 100m Breaststroke. Matt swam a well timed race as he moved up through the field in the final 50m to take the bronze medal in 1:31.91.

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British Paralympic swimmers get European campaign off to strong start

Eleanor Simmonds and Matt Whorwood both win Medals in Iceland on day one.

The GB Disability Swimming team, featuring many Paralympians, competing at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Reykjavik enjoyed success on day one of competition. Double Paralympic bronze medalist Matt Whorwood won bronze in the men’s S6 400m Freestyle after putting in a strong performance to lower the British record through the race. Matt got an excellent start and looked on course to break the British record early on.

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National Boccia Championships

24th and 25th October

Don't forget the DAAUK's National Boccia Tournament in October.

Get your entry forms in as soon as possible.

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DAA Sailing and Canoeing Day

On 19th September the DAA's annual Sailing and Canoeing Day will be held at Rother Valley Country Park.

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DAA Disco Fundraiser

On October 10th starting at 7.30pm there will be a Disco fundraiser for the DAA.

The ticket cost will be £12 each and includes a Pie and Pea supper.

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World Dwarf Games - Belfast 2009.

A team of 75 dwarf athletes will soon travel from all corners of the UK to participate in their chosen sport at the 5th World Dwarf Games in Belfast from the 26th – 2nd August

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Eleanor Simmonds M.B.E and Matthew Whorwood become new DAAUK Patrons

Eleanor Simmonds M.B.E and Matthew Whorwood return to their roots and help DAA futures.

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Eleanor Breaks More Records

Eighteen British Records were broken at the Nationwide Junior Swimming Championships. Over 200 disabled swimmers aged 10 to 18 enjoyed an action-pack weekend at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Amongst the record breakers in the short course event (25m) was Paralympic gold medallists Eleanor (Ellie) Simmonds MBE, 

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Pictures from the Paralympic Celebration Evening

Steve Scott (Chairman), Gerry Sutcliffe MP for Sport and all the DAA Beijing Paralympians.

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DAAUK Celebrate their Paralympians

Gerry Sutcliffe Minister for Sport celebrates the success of the

DAAUK's Dwarf Athletes at the Beijing Paralympics.

Gerry Sutcliffe the Minister for Sport and many other VIPs from the World of Sport in the UK including representatives from British Swimming, UK Athletics, EFDS, DSE, The Gentlemen's Night Out, NFDC, Birmingham City Council and BBC Sport, came together for a very special night to celebrate the achievements of the DAAUK's Paralympic Athletes.

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Eleanor Simmonds receives her M.B.E

When Eleanor Simmonds collected her MBE, she confirmed her place among a select band of teenage heroes and heroines.

As the Queen bent down to present her with the honour she had two simple words for the Swansea-based swimmer: “ Well done.”

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Eleanor Simmonds wins BBC Young Sports Personality of 2008 Award 

What a fabulous end to a fantastic year for Eleanor. Not only winning two gold medals and setting a new World record but also being nominated and wining the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality award.

Well done Eleanor we can’t wait to see you swim in the World Games in Belfast. Then on to London 2012.

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North West Region feature on BBC Television

As part of the Children in Need features on BBC North West the DAAUK was filmed in Manchester at the weekend.

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F40 Field Athletes achieve PB's in Beijing

DAA and GB team throwers Kim Minett and Sophie Hancock threw over the weekend and on Monday morning in the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing.

They both did well against increasingly stiff competition in the F40 class.

Sophie threw Discus on Saturday and came in 5th place, she threw a personal best of 21.53, the Gold going to the Chinese with a new World Record.

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Eleanor Simmonds wins a 2nd Gold in Beijing

Eleanor Wins her second Gold Medal in Beijing

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Matt Whorwood with more medals in Beijing

Well done to Matt Whorwood yesterday as he added to the Bronze he won earlier in the week with another fabulous swim in the 400m freestyle.

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Eleanor Simmonds wins Gold!

DAA member and Great Britain paralympian Eleanor Simmonds wins a gold medal in Beijing today. She fought off very strong competition to become Great britains youngest ever Gold medalist Paralympian.

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Olympic Handover Festival

The DAAUK will have a Stand on at the Olympic Handover Festival in Wicksteed Park in Kettering on the 24th August.

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DAA 100 Club

Support the GB Dwarf Team!  Join the 100 Club

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DAA on Television

On Monday the 11th of August the first screening of the filming done at this years games will be broadcast.

The program is on ITV at 9pm

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Beyond Boundaries Exhibition

Free Entry in to this exciting Disability Sports Exhibition

There will be lots of things to see and do at the exhibition held at the Kent Showground on the 25th and 26th of July.

If you register for your tickets using the DAA's promotional code you will get in free and I'm sure you will have a great day out.

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National Boccia Champs 

Don't forget to enter this year's Boccia Championship

Don't forget to get your Boccia entry and Hotel booking form in.

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Ireland 4 Nations Badminton

The next 4 Nations Badminton Championship is in Belfast on the 21st to 23rd November.

This year all 4 home nations will be hosting a leg of this Championship. Badminton is growing ever more popular within the DAA and these events are a great opportunity to play competitive Badminton on a regular basis.

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Rachael's Disco Night

Don't miss it!!!!   Rachael's legendary Disco Night!

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Steve Scott's Sponsored Cycle Ride

Our Chairman and his team are taking part in a Sponsored cycle ride.

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Murder Mystery Night

You are invited to "M's" Retirement Party. On the 6th June in Derby

The East Midlands Region are hosting a murder mystry night in aid of the DAAUK. It is on the 6th June 2008 and will be held in the St John's Church Hall, Mickleover, Derby.

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New Association Manager required for R.G.A

The Restricted Growth Association are looking for a new manager as Ruth Morgan has handed in her notice. We at DAA wish her the best of luck in her new job

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European Badminton Championships in Dortmund Germany

The European Badminton Championships will take place in Germany in 2008

They will be over 5 days and will be held in Dortmund.

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Norwich Union Join our Team CampaignT

he DAA is now entered in the Norwich Union Join our Team Campaign. This is a scheme where the public can vote for iniatives, clubs and projects, then the Norwich Union award cash ammounts depending on the number of votes.

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East Midlands Region at Derby City Awards.

On Thursday 20th September the East Midlands Region where awarded a crystal trophy for greatest Contribution to Disbaled Sport in the Derby City area

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Badmniton: DAA Team at 4 Nations Championship

DAA 4 Nations Squad excel at the first of the 4 Nations Tournaments.

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Boccia Referee Course

We will be holding a Boccia referee training course on the 23rd Febuary 2008.

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Northern Ireland launch new website.

Northern Ireland has launched their own website. Information about the region and the world games will be available here.

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New DAAUK website launched!

The work on the new website have been long but now it is finally here!

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