Adin Williams of Happy Valley is representing Team USA and the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) this week in the 2013 World Dwarf Games at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Adin Williams competes at Lake Oswego High School/Foot Traffic all comers meet last month to train for the World Dwarf Games.The World Dwarf Games, which run through Saturday (Aug. 10), offers competition in 13 Olympic-style individual and team sports. Williams is competing in soccer, track and field, swimming, basketball, floor hockey and table tennis. He is a student at Cascade Heights Public Charter School in Clackamas, where he will be a seventh grader this fall.

The World Dwarf Games are a quadrennial multi-sport competition designed for dwarf athletes. With the Dwarf Athletic Association of America as host, these 2013 Games are expected to be the largest sporting event in history exclusively for dwarf athletes. More than 400 dwarf athletes of all ages and abilities from 20 countries are participating. Team USA has 209 athletes competing. They come from all around the United States.

The DAAA hosts annual National Games for dwarf athletes, but the World Dwarf Games provides an international venue for these athletes.

“While we have an opportunity to compete on a national level, there is a special sense of pride competing for your country,” Williams said. “You watch the Olympics and dream about one day showing off your athletic abilities and representing the USA. This is my chance to do that.”

He added, “All of Team USA will be able to see how they stack up against our international competitors. The significance of the event makes you step up your game.”

Williams did just that at a recent all-comers meet in Lake Oswego, running the 100-meter dash in 19.5. The time breaks the World Dwarf Games record for Junior B boys (ages 12-15), set at 21.30, in 1997.

Because dwarfism is such a rare occurrence, Williams has very few opportunities to compete on a level playing field. That’s why these international games represent what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the athletes.

Williams, who is just 3-feet, 11-1/2 inches tall and weighs 62 pounds, trains locally. He plays soccer on a Clackamas United Soccer Club team, practices swimming at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park and Mt. Hood Community College, trains for table tennis and basketball at Cascade Heights, and practices track and field in Lake Oswego.

Founded in 1985, the Dwarf Athletic Association of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality amateur athletic opportunities for persons with dwarfism. Whether novice or elite, the DAAA is committed to providing athletes with dwarfism a showcase to demonstrate their prowess in a variety of sports, the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition and a chance to meet fellow athletes from across the country.

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