About DAAC – The Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada
Who we are:
The Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada (DAAC) is a Canadian Registered Charity (BN# 803344720 RR 0002) that provides life-long fellowship, athletic support, and information to people with dwarfism, their families and friends across Canada. DAAC started in 2012 and is operated entirely by volunteers. Dwarfism is defined as a medical or genetic condition that regulates the growth of several bones in the body. While there are over 400 types of dwarfism, typically all lead to an adult reaching the height of 4” 10” or shorter.
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What we do:
DAACs initiatives are aimed at reducing the barriers in everyday lives: a chance to play, to train and to compete eye-to-eye by developing and facilitating equitable, amateur level athletic opportunities for children, youth and adults with dwarfism. DAAC is dedicated to increasing the health and well-being of those with dwarfism regardless of their skill level. DAAC activities also raise awareness and acceptance by educating the general public about dwarfism, showing them that little people are capable and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Notably, we support athletes who are members of our Dwarf Sports Team Canada. Much like the Olympics, the World Dwarf Games are held every four years and rotate host countries. In 2017, we had the privilege of hosting the games in Guelph, Ontario, attracting athletes from every continent. Each year our athletes continue to grow, first earning 65 medals in 2013, and 105 medals in 2017!
Due to the worldwide uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic the International Dwarf Sports Federation (IDSF) felt that under the circumstances the World Games should be deferred for a year, until 2023. As previously announced the games will still be held in Cologne, Germany. (Source: http://internationaldwarfsportsfederation.com/update-world-dwarf-games/)
Calling All Canadian Dwarf Athletes: We are building our 2023 Team Canada!
On August 5-12th, 2017 the World Dwarf Athletic Games (WDG) was held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
The next World Dwarf Games (WDG) is scheduled for July 28 – August 5, 2023 in Cologne, Germany and in Australia in 2027. As Canadians with a strong will and the spirit for competition, we would again like to be in a position to enter both individuals and teams into these World Games. The process and participation continues to be very inclusive and all abilities are welcome.
To be part of the 2023 Team, to be part of the fun, to be part of history, contact us at: Contact@DwarfAthletics.ca
To register for the games themselves visit WDG 2023 Registration website.
In 2013 Canadian athletes competed as a team for the first time showing our national pride and competed as Canadians. Our 2013 Team Canada brought back 65 metals. In 2017 we claimed 105 metals!
With the next games only a few months away we will keep compiling a list of Canadian athletes and volunteers. Applications can be submitted at: Team Canada Athlete and Volunteer Applications Our objective is to again field both a junior and an open team in the team sports and as many participants as possible for the individual events.
For equipment requirements, each athlete needs to check the official World Dwarf Games 2023 site to ensure each athlete has the equipment required and the rules for the sports in which they are participating. For example, with soccer please have shin protectors for each athlete. (Hint: Search (Ctrl-F) for the word “equipment” within the respective PDF for more information on the equipment requirements.)
The official International Dwarf Sports Federation (IDSF) WDG Rule Book can be found at: IDSF WDG Rule Book
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We look forward to seeing you this summer at the next World Games in Germany.