Australia heads to the 2017 Deaflympics

Next month, 28 deaf and hard of hearing Aussie athletes will be heading to Samsun, Turkey to participate in the Deaflympics 2017.

The 2017 Deaflympics run from July 18 – 30 and will feature athletes from more than 100 countries competing in over 20 sports.

Statistically, deaf and hard of hearing people are less likely to participate in sport which can lead to isolation, loneliness and obesity. To address this phenomena, Deaf Sports Australia hosts, facilitates and manages a range of deaf specific sporting events. The Deaflympics, an International Olympic Committee sanctioned event, on par with the Olympics and Paralympic Games, offers our deaf and hard of hearing athletes the opportunity to engage in fierce competition with other elite athletes at an international level.

Deaf Sports Australia, the national peak body of sports for deaf and hard of hearing participants that coordinates the team, has welcomed leading pharmacy brand Chemist Warehouse as principal sponsor of the Australian team. It’s a fantastic and much-needed boost for the national team.

General Manager, Garry West-Bail said, “This support will deliver a much needed boost to the team. Corporate sponsorship from Chemist Warehouse means the athletes have less to worry about in terms of the cost of getting to the games, and they can put all their energy into training. We are very grateful to Chemist Warehouse for this wonderful support”.

Chemist Warehouse Chief Operating Officer, Mario Tascone said, “We are thrilled to be part of the team. At Chemist Warehouse we strongly value the health and wellbeing of the community and understand the unique challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing athletes. We are proud to support the team as Official Sponsor and wish the team all the best for the Games”.

One in six Australians has some form of hearing loss, and it is through events such as the Deaflympics and the Australian Deaf Games, with the next Games being held in Albury-Wodonga in January 2018, that deaf and hard of hearing athletes can inspire the community and also participate in sport themselves.

Deaf Sports Australia coordinates Australia’s team for the Deaflympics, the Australian Deaf Games, and also provides a suite of other sporting programs under the Active Deaf Brand that aims to increase participation for deaf and hard of hearing Australians. Deaf Sports Australia is the peak body for deaf sport in Australia with 6 State Deaf Sports organisation members – ACT, NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA and fifteen National Deaf Sports Committees.

The 2017 Deaflympics, will take place in Samsun, Turkey from July 18 to July 30, 2017. The Australian Deaflympics Team includes 28 athletes in a variety of sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, and Ten Pin Bowling.

To find out more about Deaf Sports Australia, visit their website at www.deafsports.org.au and be sure to follow the Deaflympics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Deaflympics/.

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