Mark your calendars and book your early bird airfare. The Australian Deaf Games area more than a year away in January of 2016, but they are already in the news as the athletes and volunteers get ready. They come every three to four years (last in 2012 in Geelong) and are a landmark event for hearing and non-hearing alike who enjoy the amiable competition and team spirit. Kym Jacobs, the Chairperson, promises an exciting world class program.
Applicants are already lining up for the fourteen stated games that include basketball, golf, cricket, netball, squash, swimming, tennis, touch football, bowling, darts, rugby, and beach volleyball. There is virtually something for everyone. The hearing-impaired have had Deaflympics and the Special Olympics for some time with their own rules and regulations, of course; but Deaf Sports Australia and its offshoots offer a local platform to develop skills and experience along the way. They are a huge boost to patriotism and national pride and have put Australia in the center of the deaf sports map.
The South Australian tourist Commission is reporting Adelaide’s enthusiasm for hosting the Deaf Games—the pinnacle of the country’s special sporting events. The beautiful coastal city of Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and home to over 1.2 million (it is the fifth largest city). A thousand athletes are expected to join hands in promoting games for the non-hearing in a true national competition format. Not limited to a local following, the 2016 program will garner spectators from around the world. Volunteers and officials are currently making their plans. Hotels are gearing up as are planners for the lively opening and closing ceremonies. These are always spectacular crowd-pleasing shows.
The games are a major coup for the deaf community that looks forward to the eight days of roaring competition. Cricket and basketball are popular favorites, but they all have a legion of fans. A full festival atmosphere will be the icing on the athletic cake. Adelaide offers fine amenities and holiday sightseeing delights to add to the carnival aura. There will be a games village and plenty of family diversion in store. New experiences will no doubt mark the 17th annual event. What better way to spend a lovely vacation.
Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Hobart, and Canberra have also been venues. Adelaide will put its own stamp on the proceedings as the entire city joins in the celebration of deaf sports. Specific locations will be announced but will most likely be held between the central business district and Glenelg as determined by the Games Organizing Committee.
You can check various websites or join Deaf Sports Australia’s Facebook page to keep up with the latest information and dates. The organization is headquartered in East Melbourne. Current on-going games reported will whet your appetite for the big time ahead. Check photos and results from the last round and feel the passion that accompanies the organization’s endeavors. You won’t want to miss out on a major social and cultural extravaganza.