The National Sports Weekend is Back! Short Statured Sport Australia (with SSPA), is proud to announce the 23rdNational Sports Weekend in Canberra from Friday 7th June to Monday 10th June 2019 (Queens Birthday Weekend).

The SSPA has celebrated the National Sports weekend in Albury for the past 22 years. We hope that with the creation of Short Statured Sport Australia, along with this move to Canberra, we can carry with it all the things that have made the last 20 years a success. The future is filled with unlimited potential, and we are truly committed to providing more sporting opportunities for Short Statured athletes from around Australia.

This year, we are at the Alivio Tourist Park, Canberra. It is located on 7 hectares of tranquil bushland, right in the heart of Canberra, they offer a central base to access Canberra’s top attractions and sporting venues. Only 4kms from the Canberra Centre, and less then 20 mins from the Airport. Alivio Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation options and plenty of facilities onsite. Day one of Sport will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport.
The national sports weekend is a unique opportunity for Short Statured individuals to compete against athletes of similar ability.
Sports on offer at the 2019 SSSA Games:
  • Athletics
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Boccia
  • Badminton – PLEASE NOTE: Changed to TENNIS
  • Touch/Tag Rugby
  • T-Ball

Age Categories:

Juniors: 4 – 16

Open: 16+

Masters: 35 +

Timetable to be updated with finer details in April. SSSA are currently confirming the final sporting locations/venues.

2 pm Onwards Arrival

No set Dinner or Events. Opportunity to arrive, settle in and meet new people.

Dinner Options: Onsite at the Restaurant, In your Cabin, Canberra City and or Takeaway.

SSSA Event Check-In: Collect your passes, tickets, programs and an opportunity to ask organisers any questions you may have.

5:00pm – 8:00pm @ location to TBC (onsite at Tourist Park).

SATURDAY 8th JUNE @ AIS, Canberra

Sports Session 1:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

Soccer / Tag Rugby / T-Ball

Lunch – Not provided or Organised. Cafe onsite and time to travel to local eateries.

Sports Session 2:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Basketball / Boccia

Sports Session 3:  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


** Must have your own Swimming Cap. No Cap = No Swim


Sport Session 4:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

Tennis & Table Tennis

Lunch – Not provided or Organised. Cafe onsite and time to travel to local eateries.

Sport Session 5:   1:00 pm to 3:30 pm



Includes Awards, Presentations, Dinner, Dance, & much more.


Goodbyes and Departure

Travel: How to get there?
By Car: #RoadtripSydney: 3 Hours + ; Newcastle: 5 Hours + ; Melbourne: 6 Hours +; Brisbane: 11 Hours + Flying Direct to Canberra Airport: Average Pricing (Qantas / Virgin) Sydney: $190 Return; Melbourne: $250 Return; Brisbane/Gold Coast: $450 Return; Adelaide: $450 Return; Perth: $650 Return
Alternative Options for Interstate:
  • Fly to SYD (Cheaper Flight) & road trip to Canberra (Hire Car or Jump in with other SSPA Members from Sydney).
  • Leave a day earlier or day later if possible (The prices increased due to long weekend/ Monday being a Public Holiday)
Transport: To and From Airport (17 Minutes)
  • SSPA Members (who have a car) are willing to assist people with transfers (not guaranteed). Pending Interstate Numbers, SSPA may organise a Mini Bus/Van.
  • Uber: Approx. $35 / Taxi: Approx. $45
  • Public Bus Service (2 Buses – $8 Approx.)
Transport to Sports Facility
  • SSPA Members (who have a car) are willing to assist people with transfers to and from sports venue. Pending Interstate Numbers, SSPA may organise a Mini Bus/Van.
The annual dinner dance function; an opportunity to celebrate sporting success, recognise athlete accomplishments and to dance the night away with friends and family. A truly memorable night which includes presentations, 2-course meal, DJ, private function room and much more.
How to Book Acommodation:
  1. Head to http://aliviogroup.com.auor search Alivio Tourist Park Canberra. Address: 20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor ACT 26022.
  2. Click Accommodation to decide on the ideal accommodation for your needs.
  3. Tip: We recommend choosing the same “Accommodation Type” if you are wanting to be close to other families, and or friends. There are 12 Types. Map Link below.Park Map: http://aliviogroup.com.au/park-map/
  4. To save money, combine with others to fill up a Cabin. Could be $44 per night pp!!
  5. We recommend becoming an “Alivio Advantage” Member. Its free and you will save 10% on your booking. http://aliviogroup.com.au/alivio-advantage-is-launched/#.XCbmSKdL3OQ7.
  6. Book Online or Phone to confirm your reservation. Online Booking: In “Additional Details/ SPECIAL REQUESTS (OPTIONAL)”, mention “SSPA Group” to ensure you are a part of our Group. Don’t stress if you cannot find it.
  7. GUARANTEE POLICY: All reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit of 1 night’s stay plus tax at the time of booking – Non-guaranteed reservations are not accepted 9. CANCEL POLICY: Reservations must be cancelled or modified 7 days prior to arrival to avoid a fee equivalent to the first night’s accommodation including tax.

Registration is now open

Closing strictly on May 12th, 2019