It is their Olympic Games, an event held every four years to which athletes from around the world aspire - with loads of training, talent and hope. The Adamson Trust, by contributing to the air fares, helped children from two families - one English, one Scottish - to attend the 7th World Dwarf Games in Guelph, Canada in August 2017. And 7-year-old Ava Garde from Poynton, Cheshire, and 12-year-old Finlay Davidson, and his sister, Skye, 8, from Inverkeithing, Fife, did Britain proud. Teams from 18 countries took part in the Games, which are held every four years, and Britain was second in the medals table, just pipped by the United States.
“The experience Ava had over there was not only amazing in terms of her sporting achievements, but also she met new friends from all over the world,’’ said Ava’s mother, Nichola. “She has come back to the UK with so much more confidence and feeling like part of a fantastic team which can achieve anything.”
Skye Davidson, 8, and her friend Ava Garde, 7
A grant from The Adamson Trust helped to have a carer on the trip to keep Tom safe overnight, while his parents got some sleep for the next day’s activities.
Skye and her older brother, Finlay, with some of their medals.
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The sports in which the children, who have achondroplasia, or dwarfism, took part included football, sprinting, frisbee, basket ball, hockey, swimming and badminton. Between them Ava, Finlay and Skye scooped up 17 medals. As an extra bonus Ava and Skye became great friends.
“Throughout the competitions they showed true sportsmanship, dedication and they had fun,” said Finlay and Skye’s mother, Hailey. “We have now returned home and the children have found renewed energy, signing themselves up for more training classes… Skye has even joined a horse vaulting class. And of course they can’t wait to get ready for the next Worlds in 2012.”
The next Games will likely be in Australia or Germany. This international forum shows that short-statured people can play competitive sport. “It is amazing to see a bunch of seven and eight-year-olds running around a soccer ball that almost comes up their knees,” said Teresa Camilleri, one of the Games organisers.