August 3-10, 2013
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Hosted by the Dwarf Athletic Association of America

The largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism

days until the Games. Are you ready?



The 2013 World Dwarf Games will indeed be the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. A total of 395 athletes from 17 countries have registered to compete! Click here for additional participation numbers and a breakdown by age division and sex.

Total Participation

395 athletes,  17 countries

Participation by Male/Female

Sex Distribution

 Participation by Age Division

Age Distribution

Participation by Country

 Country Number
 Australia33 India16
 Brazil5 Ireland14
 Bulgaria1 Netherlands3
 Canada25 Serbia1
 Congo1 Spain1
 Finland1 Sri Lanka1
 France2 United Kingdom81
 Germany4 United States204
 Hungary1 TOTAL395


Invited Guests

Dwarf athletes who made the trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing for the 1985 Cerebral Palsy/Les Autres Games will be the first to enter the stadium during opening ceremonies. They made history by participating in the first-ever sanctioned sport competition where athletes with dwarfism were recognized as a unique classification.

  • Steve Babiar*
  • David Buterbaugh
  • Karen Buterbaugh-Day
  • Butch Carlisle
  • Marge Carlisle
  • Carol Gallagher
  • Mike Gilden*
  • Myrtle Gregg-Lafay
  • Mike Hagan
  • Robert Hall
  • Mary "Turtle" Hall
  • Paul Kerr
  • Amy Knight-Roloff
  • Tammi Kolaz
  • Amy Morris
  • Brian Morris
  • Joshua Morris
  • Katie Masterson
  • Pat O'Connell
  • Ed Peterson
  • Roger Pouliot
  • Stacie Pouliot
  • Randy Ragland*
  • Karel Reckendorf
  • Peter Reckendorf
  • Diane Rimar
  • Chris Romano
  • Joelle Sawisch-Humes
  • Len Sawisch
  • Pat Seddon*
  • Nancy Stewart

    *In memoriam


Since 1988, over 85 dwarf athletes from 20 nations have competed in the Paralympic Games. Bios for all known dwarf Paralympians are posted under the Athletes Menu.


Some of these Paralympians will be attending the 2013 World Dwarf Games as athletes, some as parents, and some as sports administrators. Watch for their entrance in the opening ceremonies parade and at events throughout the week.

  • David Buterbaugh, USA (1988)
  • Pam Danberg USA (1988)
  • Scott Danberg, USA (1988, 1992, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Joe Griffo, USA (1992)
  • Tanya Huebner, AUS (2012)
  • Casey Johnson, USA (2004, 2008)
  • Jill Kennedy, USA (2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Karen Mueller, GER (2004)
  • Jill Nelson, USA (1996)
  • Erin Popovich, USA (2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Roger Pouliot, USA (1988)
  • Peter Reckendorf, USA (1988)
  • Mitchell Seidenfeld, USA (1992, 1996, 2008)
  • Regan Wickens, AUS (2012)