Teesside High twins scoop 14 medals at World Dwarf Games

Friday 08 September 2017 | By Samantha Hockney

Teesside High School twins Amelia and Imogen have returned from the World Dwarf Games with an impressive medal haul.
The Year 8 students won a combined 14 medals at the event, held in Ontario, Canada, during the summer break.
The girls secured the following:

  • Amelia: Gold in shooting and breaststroke, Silver in boccia and crossbow and Bronze in hockey, swimming relay and doubles badminton.
  • Imogen: Gold in frisbee, Silver in boccia and Bronze in table tennis, shooting, crossbow, hockey and doubles badminton.

The World Dwarf Games ran from 4 August – 12 August and the girls competed every day in a range of additional disciplines, including archery, soccer, kurling, volleyball and track and field.
Amelia said: “The whole event was really fun. The opening ceremony was amazing and it was nice to see so many of our friends, four years on from the last event.
“We competed every day which often meant early starts and long days, but we loved every minute.”
Imogen added: “The atmosphere was the best thing about the Games for me. We both tried our hardest in all of our events but I was surprised at how many medals I came away with, especially now we are competing in the 12-15 age category against some much older athletes.”
“Our badminton and boccia medals were achieved together but for everything else we were competing against each other, which was tough.”
The girls contributed to an excellent performance from Team GB, which finished second in the medals table with a total of 196 medals. The United States of America were the overall winners.
Kirsty Mackenzie, Acting Head, said: “Amelia and Imogen are fantastic examples of where hard work, determination and competitive spirit can take you.
“To travel and represent Team GB on the international stage is an excellent achievement; to then arrive home with 14 medals is simply outstanding. Everyone at Teesside High School is very proud of the girls and we cannot wait to see what the next year holds for them both.”