Ten medal haul at national games for Lottie

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Harrogate Ladies’ College pupil Lottie McGuinness returned triumphantly from the 2016 National Dwarf Games in Birmingham with a total of ten medals, including three Golds.

Lottie, who is 14 and lives in Darley, amassed a total of 10 medals across the three days of the Games.

As well as three golds in the swimming, Lottie also won a silver and two bronze medals in the athletics, silver in hockey, and bronze in basketball and football.

Lottie has competed in the National Dwarf Games for the last four years and has improved her performance each time she has competed.

Lottie explained: “I really enjoy competing in the National Dwarf Games and this is my best year yet.

“It’s a lot of hard work but coming back with 10 medals makes it worthwhile. I’ve been really inspired by Ellie Simmonds, the Paralympian swimmer, and so winning the three golds in swimming was particularly special for me.”

Director of Sport at Harrogate Ladies’ College, Nicky Butters, said: “Lottie’s performance at this year’s Games was outstanding. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to do what Lottie has done and she should be really proud of what she has achieved.”

The National Dwarf Games are held annually and this year included around 200 athletes from around the world competing in 12 different sports including track and field, swimming, football and indoor sports including basketball.

Next year Lottie will travel to Canada to compete in the contest.

President and Founder of Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAuk), Arthur Dean has seen many people transform their lives through sport.

He said: “This organisation has played a major role in breaking down the barriers of difference in society towards people with dwarfism.

“It all began with six members and now boasts over 600. Seeing these young people develop in their lives as well as in sport is so rewarding and well worth the 23 years of team work.”