Project Title: World Dwarf Games Training
The World Dwarf Games Training programme provides a variety of sporting activities for children aged 8-16 and adults aged 16-40 with dwarfism. Competing in sport is never going to be easy or fair when you are half the size of your peers and people with dwarfism suffer greatly with health issues that affect the heart.
This innovative and inspirational training programme was set up to provide the opportunity for members to join GB Team Scotland at the 8th World Dwarf Games. This event has now been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19, but despite the changes and government restrictions, this project has adapted tremendously offering members a range of virtual support and training.
Members have been engaged with live workout training sessions and weekly themed Zoom meetings, covering topics such as mental health and wellbeing. Virtual ‘Challenge Tuesday’ has also been a success and participants have been sharing videos of themselves taking part in the weekly sporting challenges generating laughter and boosting heart health.
Social distancing requirements have meant that ‘normal’ sporting activities are on hold for this project. Therefore, alternative ways of spending the remaining funds for this project are being explored, such as purchasing
specially adapted frames to set up a bike loan scheme in the region. This will mean group members can reap the many benefits of cycling as many people with dwarfism struggle to learn to cycle due to finding the correct bicycle.
The Heart Research UK Healthy Heart team will capture the impact on dads and male carers of competitors by offering free Healthy Heart checks.