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DSA eNews - June 2012

DSA eNews - June 2012

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F
ederal Sports Minister Kate Lundyand Australian Sports CommissionsCEO, Simon Hollingsworth joined Deaf Sports Australia yesterday at the ACTNetball Centre in Canberra to launchthe 2012 Active Deaf Kids program infront of 50 deaf and hard of hearingstudents, parents and supporters of the program.
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he Active Deaf Kids program isdesigned by Deaf Sports Australiato help get more deaf and hard of hearing children participating insport and to help overcome some of the challenges they face in accessingsports opportunities.
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he program was made possible byfunding support from the FederalGovernment and the Australian SportsCommission who have provided$200,000 in funding to run theprogram for the next two years.
M
inister Lundy spoke passionatelyabout the benets of sportsparticipation in her speech andcommented that “The Active Deaf Kidsprogram is about levelling the playingeld so kids with hearing impairmentcan get involved and participate insport”.
M
inister Lundy took great delightin participating in the sportsclinics that were provided on the day joining 30 deaf and hard of hearingACT students take part in Netball,Futsal, Tennis and Touch Footballactivities with local ACT sportsorganisations.
 T
he manager of the Active Deaf Kidsprogram, and former Deaympian,Irena Farinacci spoke at the launchabout the challenges she has facedin pursuing her love of sport and therole the Active Deaf Kids program hasto play.
 Taking part in sports programshelped me meet other like-mindeddeaf and hard of hearing participants,as well as helped me to gaincondence in myself by acceptingmy hearing impairment and for who Iam. The Active Deaf Kids program willhelp to inspire the next generation of young sportspeople and give themthe condence and support to getinvolved in sport”
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he Active Deaf Kids program isbeing rolled out around Australiaover the next 12 months, and thenext destinations are Adelaide andBrisbane in August.
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he key features of the program areas follows:DSA will conduct sports clinics andinformation sessions in schools
Active Deaf Kids Program Launched
June 2012throughout Australia reaching upto 600 deaf and hard of hearingstudents;DSA will commission independentexpert advice on hearing devicesto address safety concerns anddisseminate information toparents;DSA will work with the AustralianSports Commission to developlinks to Active After-SchoolCommunities program in eachstate/territory and deliver the ADK program where possible;DSA will develop an educationalbooklet on deaf sports anddistribute to state educationdepartments, participating schoolsand NSOs / SSOs;DSA will develop a new sectionto the DSA website on the ‘ActiveDeaf Kids’ project featuring youthrelated information.
D
eaf Sports Australia extends theirwarmest gratitude to Sen. KateLundy and Simon Hollingsworth forsupporting the program and for DavidBrady and the team at Deaf Sport andRecreation ACT for the help in puttingtogether and running the Canberraclinic.
L - R: Craig Dodson, DSA CEO, Sen. Kate Lundy, Minister for Sports, Irena Farinacci, DSAEducations & Events Coordinator & Simon Hollingsworth, Australian Sports Commission CEO
 
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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 benets 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 conrmedthe 2013 summer Deaympicswill be held in Soa, 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 conrmation theevent will go ahead. Given theshort time lines involved andlimited budget I expect theDeaympics will be a smallerevent than in the past andit may not have all the ‘bellsand whistles’ of previousDeaympics. That being said itis still very exciting that therewill be a Deaympics 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 Deaympics,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 Aairs – DavidPeters• Finance – David Peters• Stakeholder Relations – BrentPhillips• Media / Communications –Emma Merkas• Membership – James Ashley /Phil Harper Thanks for your continuedsupport
David PetersPresident 
 
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
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!
 
Active Deaf Kids Program Photo Gallery
Sen. Kate Lundy having a go at Tennis with the kidsSen. Kate Lundy with some of the participants at the cliniThe kids enjoying learning netball drillsSen. Kate Lundy having a go at one of her favourite sport, TouchFootball with the kidsSen. Kate Lundy oering her support of the program in her speechSen. Kate Lundy after ocially launching the program after cuttingthe ribbon

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