2024 Australian and Oceania Deaf Games wraps up with a bang

This past Saturday saw the 2024 Australian Deaf Games wrapped up the weekend with a Closing Ceremony with fireworks, and an After-Party at Speers Point Park, Multi-Cultural Pavilion.

The State Representative team of New South Wales was awarded the biggest award of the Games, the John M. Lovett Cup. This Cup is awarded to a State/Territory team of Australia that has the highest points accumulated from all the eligible sporting events.

Each state/territory were ranked in the following order, with number 1 being first place on the ladder:

  1. New South Wales
  2. Victoria
  3. Queensland
  4. South Australia
  5. Western Australia

Distinctive Awards were presented to the following:

The Ceremony also congratulated a momentous week involving the following achievements:

  • over 820 participants from all over Australia, Fiji and New Zealand
  • 85 Volunteers
  • 52 Interpreters
  • 19 Sports
  • 600 medals presented at sporting events across the Hunter region
  • 35 activities within the social program seeing attendance of 1400 people
  • 470 visitors to the Deaf Sport Exhibition at Newcastle Library
  • Facebook followings of 5.8k and Instagram followings of 948.

The Games recognises that the youngest participant of the Games is 10 years old (in Chess). Of the Games’ senior athletes, Trevor Boyle (NSW) competed at his first games at 14 years old and is now 68 years of age whereas Anthony Gorringe (NSW) celebrates 30 years in Deaf Lawn Bowls at these Games. Both Trevor and Tony are now retiring in their administration roles and will relax and enjoy the future Games in their beloved sports.

Other statistics and achievements of the Games saw Victoria win their first team darts competition in 35 years, deaf women played Rugby 7’s and football for the first time and Michael Louey (VIC) taking away his 8th ADG Table Tennis Singles gold medal.

These Games mark the first time the Australian Deaf Games were shown on public TV with Kayo/ Fox with Jam TV and support from Bus Stop Films to produce daily highlights.

Thanks to the Newcastle Library, the first ever Australian Deaf Sports and Community History exhibition is at Newcastle Library from November 2023 to March 2024.

These Games saw the largest ever Fiji and New Zealand teams and a representative from Deaf Sports Papua New Guinea observing the Games with plans to attend the 2026 Games, to be held at Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

 The Games Organising Committee are extremely proud of the week’s success and would like to thank Destination NSW, The City of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie City Council, Deaf Connect, Wests Group and all the Sponsors and Supporters as well as congratulate every person involved in the Games.

Social Media Handles:

  • Facebook: @australiandeafgames
  • Instagram: @australiandeafgames
  • TikTok: @australiadeafgames
  • Hashtags: #ADG2024 

For Games information please go to www.austdeafgames.org.au.

For further information please contact:

Sally Hill
Media Coordinator
0432 655 581
sally@canvaseventco.com.au    

 

Lauren Townsend
DSA/GOC Media and Communications Liaison Officer
0432 066 586 (SMS only)
lauren.townsend@deafsports.org.au

2024 Australian Deaf Games kick off in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

The 2024 Australia and Pacific Deaf Games officially commences today in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. This event promises to be a spectacular showcase of talent, determination, and unity within the Deaf community across the region. The Games welcome over 1000 athletes and supporters from across Australia and the Pacific for the 10-day event.

Vice President Kathryn Armfield says that the Board are excited to show recognition of the unique and diverse abilities of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. “In collaboration with Lake Macquarie City and the City of Newcastle, the hosting of this event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our language, culture and heritage. The Australian Deaf Games will show that fair play, respect, and friendship are enduring qualities of the Australian Deaf Community,” said Kathryn.

“We are proud to create an inaugural award as part of our Games – a ‘Community Spirit’ award for an individual who has shown passion, encouragement, support and leadership during the Games. This individual could be a volunteer, leader, sports person or someone involved in the 2024 Games. We have named this award after Leonie Jackson who we sadly lost in 2021 and was at that time Chair of the 2022 ADG Organising Committee.”

Dates: 13th Jan – 20th Jan
Venue: Various locations in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

The games will see Athletes competing in a total of 16 sports and featuring five demonstration sports. The games will not only highlight the incredible athletic abilities of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes but also serve as a platform to promote understanding, break down barriers, and foster a sense of community.

Sports Featured:
Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Darts, Futsal, Golf, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7’s, Football, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Football.

Demonstration Sports:
CrossFit, Park Run, Sailing, Surfing, Triathlon.

Beyond the competitive spirit, the Games offer a vibrant social program, encouraging participants and attendees to engage and form new friendships. The social program includes cultural performances, sporting activities, gin tasting, yoga, and opportunities for networking and building lasting connections.

Key Event Highlights:

  • Opening Ceremony: Join us as we kick off the Games with a spectacular opening ceremony that will include the athlete parade, the hunter signing choir, performances by deaf artists and the official opening of the games. The opening ceremony will take place at NEX from 5:15pm-7:30pm this evening (Saturday 13th January)
  • Social Program: The Games are not just about competition; they are about building connections. Attendees can participate in community forums, cultural exchanges, within the extensive social program.
  • Closing Ceremony: The closing ceremony will be a festive occasion, celebrating the achievements of the athletes, volunteers, and everyone involved in making the 2024 Australia and Pacific Deaf Games a resounding success. The ceremony will take place between 4pm-6pm and finish with Fireworks on the beautiful Lake Macquarie that will mark the occasion at Speers Point Park at 8:45pm

Get Involved: Whether you’re an athlete, a supporter, or simply someone who appreciates the spirit of inclusivity, there are numerous ways to get involved. Follow the Games on social media, attend events, and be part of this incredible experience.

Deaf Sports Australia thanks the NSW Government, The City of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Council and all its major partners and Sponsors including Destination NSW and Deaf Connect, for their support and making possible the hosting of the 2024 Australian Deaf Games.

“The Games is not just a multi-sport event but also a major social and cultural celebration of the Australian Deaf Community. We welcome old and new faces, with the hope that everyone goes home with new and renewed friendships and self-affirmation in themselves,” said Kathryn.

Social Media Handles:

  • Facebook: @australiandeafgames
  • Instagram: @australiandeafgames
  • Hashtags: #ADG2024 

For Games information please go to www.austdeafgames.org.au

For further information please contact:

Sally Hill
Media Coordinator
0432 655 581
sally@canvaseventco.com.au

Lauren Townsend
DSA/GOC – Media and Communications Officer
0432066586 (SMS Only)
Lauren.townsend@deafsports.org.au