About The Games


Welcome to the official website of the XIX Australian Deaf Games to be held in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle from 16 – 22 April 2022. Lake Macquarie and Newcastle are proud and thrilled to host the 2022 Australian Deaf Games – a favourite event on the calendar of Australia’s Deaf Community and her Pacific neighbours.

The Australian Deaf Games is the pinnacle multi-sport event for Deaf people in Australia involving up to twenty (20) sports and attracting more than 1000 competitors and participants from all over Australia, some neighbouring Pacific nations and, potentially, one of two other overseas countries.

All athletes, most officials and the majority of visitors are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The Games gives Deaf and hard of hearing people an opportunity to be exposed to a national competition format that promotes the development of Deaf sport. It provides:

  • Opportunities for social and elite competition
  • Encouragement of sporting involvement and its benefits to long term health and well-being
  • An environment that promotes a positive lifestyle balanced with social outcomes and sporting opportunities
  • An effective selection process for individuals and teams to be selected to represent Australia at International Deaf events.

The essence of the Games is “Achieving Together”.


The Australian Deaf Games is a unique, four-yearly event controlled and managed by Deaf Sports Australia via a State-based Games Organising Committee. It is one of the oldest ongoing Deaf sporting events in the world.

The origins of interstate Deaf sport competitions in Australia can be traced back to 1895 when the Victorian Deaf cricket team travelled to South Australia for a friendly Deaf cricket match.

The first “Deaf Sports Carnivals” were held as early as 1911 and continued regularly until the Games in its current format began in Sydney in 1964. Since then the Games have been held every 3-4 years, with the predecessor to the 2022 Games being held in January 2018, in Albury and Wodonga.


Whilst sport is clearly core, the Australian Deaf Games also constitutes a major social and cultural festival for the whole Deaf community. It provides a unique blend of social activities matched with a vast list of sporting events that together cater for a diversity of Deaf community needs.

From humble beginnings in 1911 the event continues to grow and broaden in its appeal.

2022 Australian Deaf Games


The 2022 Australian Deaf Games is being centred in the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, utilising the many world-class sporting venues situated within the surrounding beaches, mountains and lake.

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie will be the “must be at” event for Australia’s Deaf and hard of hearing community in 2022, providing a unique opportunity for everyone within and connected with the community to network, meet new people, celebrate with friends and colleagues, compete and be inspired.

With up to 15 different sporting competitions and a wide variety of events that celebrate and showcase Deaf culture, the 2022 Games promises to be the biggest Deaf community event in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s history and the biggest Games ever! Over 1,000 Deaf and hard of hearing people and up to 150 volunteers are set to join in the festivities.

A variety of sports are being played, including basketball, futsal, touch football, netball, swimming, athletics, rugby 7’s, table tennis, tennis and golf and new sports such as sailing and mountain bikes.

For more information about Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, click here.