Sports for the hearing-impaired are supported strongly in Australia. The history of the country’s involvement is over a century old. Deaf Sports Australia is a case in point. The organization is dedicated to promoting the crowd-pleasing game as an option for the hearing-impaired. A lot of progress has been made thanks to the focus of the national body. Various national groups now fall under its umbrella such as Deaf Basketball Australia.
It actually goes back many decades to 1964. It hoped to develop national teams and oversee competitions (such as the Deaf Basketball Club Championships). It fed participants into the Deaflympics, Asia Pacific Deaf Games among others. Now aligned with Deaf International Basketball Federation, this perennial organization had an auspicious beginning and has done much to bring deaf sports into the public eye.
With this kind of backing, it is no wonder that deaf basketball, for one, is super popular with a growing constituency and a plethora of followers. The Deaf Sports Australia extended family employs coaches and team managers, besides helping to recruit plays and sponsors as the parent organization for this major offshoot.
Sport options for the deaf are many. Apart from basketball, there are deaf sports carnivals that go back to 1895 with deaf cricket (although 1911 is the official date for the new organization). You can attend games in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Canberra. There is a special program for kids as might be expected. Thus, Australia boasts of a comprehensive approach to non-hearing sports activities nation-wide. In fact, the Australia Deaf Games (owned and managed by Deaf Sports Australia) are called “the pinnacle multi sports events for deaf people in Australia.” It is quite an achievement that now includes nineteen sports.
Adherents to DSA sing its praises and the silent sports challenge it brings. Soccer, touch football, golf, tennis, and lawn bowling are gaining momentum and perhaps not that far behind the ever-popular basketball. Everyone is looking forward to the deaf games in Adelaide in 2016, organized by Chairperson Kym Jacobs, when over 1,000 people are expected to be involved. Planning is underway to supplement the many activities that will occur in the interim. It is also to their credit that they strive to integrate the deaf into the hearing community.
Deaf Sports Australia has a noble mission of leading and promoting proactive change in the sports community to allow maximum participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing candidates. It works hard to include women and ethnic communities. Its partnership programs are numerous and widespread. Public awareness is as important as athlete education, as without it, the DSA cannot go far. While looking for financial support, the organization has established eligibility rules (along with the International Sports Committee for the Deaf), expanded the range of sports choices, and done everything it can to encourage participation in its controlled events. They support Hearing Awareness Week with special athletic challenges. This is the non-profit organization to turn to for all the news on deaf sports and how to participate as a player or sponsor.