Lessons from the Australian Deaf Games

Published on 21 Jun 2018

The 2018 Australian Deaf Games were held in January this year

The event is the pinnacle sporting event for the deaf and hard of hearing, giving participants the chance to compete on a national platform.

This year, more than 2,000 competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji took part in more than 20 sports.

APM Rehabilitation Consultant Julie Brown volunteered at the event and came away inspired and full of insights valuable to helping her clients.

“I had the pleasure and privilege of being a volunteer for the 18th Australian Deaf Games held in Albury-Wodonga," Julie said.

“I was one of approximately 90 volunteers helping out each day. As usual in January it was hot, with most days over 40 degrees!

“I spent time ferrying chilled water and damp towels to ensure those running and moving around outside survived the extreme weather.

"Otherwise, I collected score sheets, checked tickets and was an usher for the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

“I enjoyed the time enormously. I had only completed a six-week Auslan course, and I was subsequently communicating with the skill of a two-year-old!

“The deaf and hard of hearing people were very patient and generous with my mistakes and slowness and helped improve my very basic Auslan knowledge – it was a fantastic experience!”

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