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InFocus In the 1970s, three members, Dawn Bos, Julie Isles and Therese Parker, went to the USA and brought back the idea for a basketball team. Sport has played a huge role in bringing short-statured people together and an Australian team has attended the World Dwarf Games since 2009, competing in the categories of basketball, track and field, swimming, table tennis, power lifting and boccia. SSPA members have won many medals at the Games. Robert Paton, who has attended the Games several times said: “To time with people who share the same be proud of ourselves. I tell them, be able to compete with other difference for one whole week of ‘Walk like you’re famous. Think of short-statured people in competitive the year without being stared at by famous actors who can’t walk out basketball is a dream.” average-size people. without being looked at. You’re just Of course, not everyone in this Past-president Meredith Young community is a sportsperson and said: “The main message I like to give the main joy to be experienced from to young people who come along to the annual conventions is spending SSPA conventions is that we need to like them’.” This year the annual convention will take place in Townsville. www.sspa.org.au Moving from A to B has never been easier A Division of Ezy Commuter Pty Ltd. linkonline.com.au The Luggie Scooter and Freedom Chair are both lightweight and easy to fold, making them ideal for travel and perfect for the car. P FOLD-TRAVEL P EASY TO USE P FREE DELIVERY ph 1300 760 071 www.portablemobility.com.au infocus 31