Short-statured people can participate and play in a number of sports taking into account the following factors
- the type and nature of their condition of short stature
- their degree of mobility and flexibility
- their general fitness and lifestyle
Short-statured people are capable of equal active participation with average-sized people in many sports such as golf, swimming, water-skiing, snow skiing, hockey and cricket. In some cases, their participation may depend on certain changes or modifications to sports equipment. If short-statured people cannot actively participate in sport for whatever reason, then they can pursue other ways of remaining involved with sport such as coaching, scoring, time-keeping, or even administration. The SSPA encourages its short-statured members to participate as much as possible in community activities, including sport.
Competitive sports for students
Short statured students in both state and private schools can qualify to participate in competitive sports at the regional, state, and national levels alongside their average height peers through the national classification system. Parents are encouraged to apply for their child’s classifications when the child is 9 years old, so that they are ready to compete as a Para-athlete when they turn 10.
Details on classifications and competitions in Athletics can be found at Athletics Australia
Details on classifications and competitions in Swimming can be found at Swimming Australia
SSPA Sport programs
The centerpiece of the SSPAs involvement in sport has been the annual sporting weekend held in Albury each Queen’s Birthday weekend in June. On occasions, sports days have been held as part of National Convention programmes. The pinnacle of the SSPAs sporting competition has been the NSW v Victoria Annual Basketball match.
Many of its short-statured members, both past and present, have been involved in regular sports competitions, either with average-sized people, or with other disabled groups, such as amputees, at a local, national or international level.
The SSPA generally advises short-statured people to undergo a medical examination before becoming involved in a sports activity for the first time. It is recommended that such examinations are conducted through the genetics clinics through the various children’s hospitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.