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How to Get Involved

Posted by on November 4, 2014

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For the hearing-impaired and supporters of their causes, it is easy to get involved. No one has to miss out on the many ways to participate.  One way is to join in the efforts to promote hearing-challenged sports in Australia. It is a mouse click away. For example, Deaf Sports Australia has an easy-to-navigate website with a complete calendar of events and ways to donate. Involvement can also take the form of signing up to play on a team, becoming a coach, or helping manage an organization or event. Sitting on the board is another possibility while fund-raising volunteers are, of course, always welcome. The more local communities get on board, the greater the reach of deaf sports will be.

Choosing Deaf Sports Australia puts you in the same notable league as many athletic promoters. Everyone knows and acknowledges the importance of sports for the hearing and non-hearing alike. The universal benefits are legion in terms of self-esteem, physical and mental fitness, and team ethics. More education about deaf sports, in particular, has put the subject on a large playing field worldwide. It is no longer a rare privilege but a major outlet sought by many. Recruitment on all levels is an on-going enterprise. With the deaf games coming up in Adelaide in 2016, getting involved is more important than ever.

For those whose passion is basketball, they can turn to the Deaf Basketball Australia organization for guidance. The thrill of the game is very available to spectators and players alike. The non-hearing community has its own independent groups to facilitate involvement; and in Australia, they are active and all-encompassing.  They offer different ways to enjoy your favorite sport.

Athletes have the option of exclusively deaf category games or mainstream sporting venues. Different rules apply as established by international committees and a good knowledge of them will prepare candidates for eligibility. Officials are also in demand and must similarly acquaint themselves with relevant regulations (including the degree of one’s hearing disability). Apart from this, all it takes is a love of the game and some free time. (There may be age restrictions for specific events in the categories of junior and youth.) Application forms are usually required with in-depth information elicited to ensure fair participation in a given sport.

Hearing loss athletes can choose from golf, tennis, lawn bowling, basketball, touch football, soccer, and many more games. Every level is available including preliminary training. The parent organization oversees many smaller regional ones to help promote uniform values and shared ethical concerns. An open policy to involvement is professed. Thus, those attracted to deaf sports can find an outlet for their particular level of interest from town and city home games to international tournaments.

Deaf Sports Australia has a long history since 1894 and they have parlayed their experience well, now offering an enormous array of services for the direct benefit of members. Joining is the first step in supporting the organization at the root level and helping its mission flourish.