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It is my pleasure to let you allknow that Deaf Sports Australia(DSA) have been successfulin securing a $200,000 grantfrom the Australian SportsCommission (ASC) to deliverour Active Deaf Kids programover the next two years. TheActive Deaf Kids program isdesigned by DSA to help getmore deaf and hard of hearingchildren participating in sportand to help overcome someof the challenges they face inaccessing sports opportunities.DSA will be visiting Schoolsthroughout the Country to talk to children about the benets of sports participation and how toget involved in sport. The program was developedby DSA and a pilot programwas run in Victoria in 2010 andlast year we ran the programnationally. To secure a furthertwo years funding support fromthe ASC is a good endorsementof the quality of the programand how important it is and
congratulations to DSA sta member Irena Farinacci for allher hard work with the program.You will see more informationabout the program on the storyabout the program launchin Canberra last week in thismonth’s e-news.Recently the ICSD conrmedthe 2013 summer Deaympicswill be held in Soa, Bulgaria inJuly / August. At the momentDSA is waiting for furtherinformation from the ICSD, wehave been requested to submitpreliminary entry forms and arecurrently in discussions with ourmembers and sports delegatesto determine the likely teamnumbers.It is positive that a decision tostage the event has now beenmade, however, DSA is eagerlyawaiting further informationfrom the ICSD as at this stage wedo not have a lot of informationother than conrmation theevent will go ahead. Given theshort time lines involved andlimited budget I expect theDeaympics will be a smallerevent than in the past andit may not have all the ‘bellsand whistles’ of previousDeaympics. That being said itis still very exciting that therewill be a Deaympics and welook forward to sending astrong and competitive team. The DSA Board will have aBoard meeting this Saturdayin Melbourne where amongstother things we will bediscussing important issues likeplanning for the Deaympics,the ADG review and reviewingthe DSA Strategic Plan. It is animportant meeting and thereis plenty of work for us to do. Iwill give you an update on thekey information in next monthse-news. For your informationhere is the list of DSA Boardand their portfolios:• Governance – Kathryn O’Brien• National Sports – Phil Harper /James Ashley• International Aairs – DavidPeters• Finance – David Peters• Stakeholder Relations – BrentPhillips• Media / Communications –Emma Merkas• Membership – James Ashley /Phil Harper Thanks for your continuedsupport
Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) has updated its memberprotection policy (MPP). The MPP will work towardsmaintaining ethical and informed decision-making andresponsible behaviours within our sport. It outlines DSA’scommitment to a person’s right to be treated with respect anddignity and to be safe and protected from abuse. This policyinforms everyone involved in deaf sport at the national levelof his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities andthe standards of behaviour that are required. The policy attachments outline the procedures that supportour commitment to eliminating discrimination, harassment,child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour fromour sport.DSA is committed to providing an environment free of harassment. DSA believes that anyone who works for DSAand/or represents DSA, and everyone with whom DSA deals,has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Thispolicy is an essential part of DSA’s proactive and preventativeapproach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. To view the policy visit http://www.deafsports.org.au/regulations.htm
New DSA Membership Policy
2012 World Deaf Golf Championships9 - 12 October, Japan
The 2012 World Deaf Golf Championships is expected to beattended by approximately 100 golfers from 16 countries:Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland,Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa,Sweden, U.S.A, and Wales.
The Australian Mens’ Team:
Mark Aird – QueenslandJack Besley – Victoria [Current Australian Men’s Deaf Golf Champion]Luke Ellis – NSWAndrew Honeysett – NSWPhil Malm – TasmaniaJack McLeod – NSW [16 years old]Mark Aird and Luke Ellis will act as co-captains of the Men’s Team
The Australian Ladies’ Team:
Maree Evans - NSW [Current Australian Ladies’ Deaf Golf Champion]Jennifer Maric – Queensland
The Australian Seniors’ Team:
Paul Hammond – NSWKevin Hayden – Queensland Tony Klimek – Western Australia [Current Australian Seniors Deaf Golf Champion]Wayne Parsons – QueenslandWendy Home (QLD) - Team ManagerDeaf Sports Australia wishes the Australian Deaf Golf Team all thebest at the upcoming World Championships!