Six-year-old Amara Atkinson has Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. But that hasn’t stopped her becoming a sporting success.
After winning three medals at the Dwarf Sports Association (DSA) National Games in Birmingham, Amara is now targeting a place at the World Games in 2017.
Her parents Nigel and Louise, from Morecambe, couldn’t be prouder.
Louise said: “Since 2010 she has attended the Games every year and has grown in ability and confidence.”
Amara’s Achondroplasia was diagnosed several months after she was born. The bone growth disorder affects one in every 15,000 to 40,000 births.
“It was quite a shock for us at first as we thought dwarfism was a hereditary condition,” said Louise. “But we were soon to learn that 80 per cent of those born with the condition are to average height parents.
“We came across the Dwarf Sports Association and were invited to join them at one of their regular activity meetings so we could chat and meet other people with similar conditions.
“The support and information received that day was amazing.”
Louise and Nigel, who works as a postman, have had help from another big-hearted postie to raise awareness of the DSA and the condition.
David Carr tackled the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge to raise £530 for the Dwarf Sports Foundation UK.