The pinnacle of Australia’s sporting events for deaf athletes, the Australian Deaf Games (ADG), will be held in Adelaide in 2016, attracting hundreds of competitors from across the country and the Oceania region.
The announcement was made by Deaf Sports Australia last night at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Games in Geelong, and has been welcomed by South Australian Tourism Minister Gail Gago.
“South Australia is renowned for hosting world-class sporting events and we are proud to be selected for the Australian Deaf Games,” Ms Gago said.
“We expect the event will attract 900 interstate and international athletes to Adelaide, bringing with them hundreds more spectators, volunteers and officials.
“There will also be an estimated 200 local competitors. “It’s anticipated the visitors will bring an economic benefit of approximately $1.5 million into the state.”
The 2012 Australian Deaf Games in Geelong involved 16 sports and eight days of competition. “As with any major event held in South Australia, the Games program will be extended to create a full festival atmosphere including the construction of a Games village and daily social activities,” Ms Gago said.
“This is a chance for us to support and encourage our local deaf community, while also welcoming visitors who we hope will take advantage of the summer holiday period to visit easily accessible regional areas while they’re here.”
Deaf Sports Australia president Brent Phillips said Adelaide was an excellent choice to host the 17th Australian Deaf Games in 2016.
“The bid by Events South Australia was outstanding and it presented us with an opportunity to deliver a successful sporting and social event in one of Australia’s great cities,” he said.
Minister Gago said the bid was secured by Events South Australia, part of the South Australian Tourism Commission, with support from Deaf Sports Australia and Recreation South Australia.
“In addition to the direct benefits associated with the event, we’re hopeful there is legacy in terms of deaf sports participating, in the same way we have seen with the Special Olympics and the 2010 Special Olympics National Championships,” she said.
Dates for the January 2016 event will be confirmed later this year.
For more information contact Craig Dodson at Deaf Sports Australia on +61 438 067 425.
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