Jason Lamont, Cookstown is one of hundreds of athletes putting themselves through their final paces in preparation for the Dwarf World Games, taking place in Belfast from Monday 27th July â€“ Monday 2nd August 2009.
Jason, 19 years old, is a member of the DAA NI (Dwarf Athletic Association of Northern Ireland), which after organising the hugely successful Belfast City European and Open Championships in 2006 secured the bid to bring the World Games to Belfast.Â Â Since then preparations have been in full force to stage one of the worldâ€™s most unique sporting events.Â Â More than 200 athletes of restricted growth, from 15 countries, will take part in nine sports with competitions taking place at the Mary Peters Track in south Belfast, Larne Leisure Centre and the University of Ulsterâ€™s Jordanstown campus.
Jason has previously participated in the DAA UK National Championships but never in the European or World Games so he will be hoping to give a strong performance in his first major tournament when he competes in the team sports â€“ football and basketball.
Eugene McVeigh, Chairperson of the DAA NI said,
â€œJason is really looking forward to the Games and Iâ€™m confident he will be a strong contender for picking up a few medals throughout the week.Â Heâ€™s one of ten athletes from Northern Ireland taking part and theyâ€™re all very excited to be a part of such a huge event, and Iâ€™m sure they, along with all the other athletes will enjoy themselves at whatever level they are competing at.
We are honoured to be hosting such a prestigious event, the success of the Belfast City European and Open Championships in 2006 inspired us to bid to host a larger, more competitive and more spectacular event and hopefully over the course of the week everyone involved will get to experience this.â€
The first Dwarf World Games were held in Chicago, USA, in 1993.Â England, Canada and France subsequently have held the Games, in 1997, 2001 and 2005 respectively.
The 2009 Dwarf World Games are sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure, and Sport Northern Ireland, and supported by Disability Sports NI.Â Premier Inn is the official accommodation provider for the Games.
For more information on the Dwarf World Games, Belfast go to www.daani.org