Touch Football is one of 15 sports that is being offered at the Games, with teams from the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Fiji and the combined states ‘Wanderers’ team taking part in the Touch Football part of the event. Touch Football will be played on Tuesday, 17 January and Wednesday, 18 January at King Lloyd Reserve, Newtown. The Australian Deaf Games were first held in 1964 and are the pinnacle of deaf sporting events in Australia, owned and managed by Deaf Sports Australia. Touch Football Australia’s General Manager – Business Operations, David Brady, is the Touch Football Competition Sports Convenor, and is looking forward to the event. “It is exciting to see Touch Football back at the national level through the Deaf Games, the last time it was played was during the late 1990’s when there were a series of Deaf State of Origins played,” Brady said. “Historically Queensland has been the dominating team in deaf Touch Football however they can expect a strong challenge from the ACT and Fiji for the Gold medal in both the Men’s and Mixed.”The event will be a new experience for many of the competitors, who will have the chance to play against each other in this kind of environment for the first time. “Playing any sport when everyone on the field is deaf brings a new set of challenges for all involved,” Brady said. The Australian Deaf Games is not all about winning medals, with junior deaf sports development sessions at each sport and a social program that enable athletes, officials, and spectators to meet and share stories of their respective games experience.To keep up-to-date with all of the results from the 2012 Australian Deaf Games, please visit the following website: www.austdeafgames.org.au
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