Games postponed to 2024

[Official announcement – for immediate release]

NEWCASTLE & LAKE MACQUARIE – It is with careful consideration the Deaf Sport Australia Board and Games Organising Committee (GOC) have made the decision to postpone the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Australian Deaf Games until 17 – 24 January 2024.

Several factors have led to this very difficult decision. The GOC are very passionate about ensuring the Games is accessible and inclusive for all deaf and hard of hearing Athletes and their families and wish to ensure a well-attended and successful event. Due to ongoing COVID19 pandemic and current border restrictions both nationally and internationally, the GOC feel many athletes would miss out on the fabulous opportunity to attend.

2024 Games will also be a wonderful opportunity to welcome our Oceania friends to participate in a bigger way.

The Games were due to be held from the 16th-23rd April 2022 hosting 17 sports and a robust social program, the program will be replicated and expanded for the 2024 edition.

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie will remain the hosts of the 2024 event. All current Games registrations will remain as we adjust with the new date.

Deaf Sports Australia General Manager Mr Phil Harper says “We thank our sponsors, DSA member organisations, the GOC and deaf and hard of hearing athletes for supporting us in this difficult decision. We are confident that this decision will result in a positive outcome for the Deaf Sports Community.”

We look forward to a bigger and better event in January 2024 in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, NSW. Further details to come shortly.


Media contacts

Garry West-Bail
Project Manager
Australian Deaf Games

Lauren Townsend
Media & Communications Liaison Officer
Deaf Sports Australia