The Australian Deaf Games is the pinnacle multi sports event for deaf people in Australia. The Games give deaf people the opportunity to be exposed to a national competition format which promotes the development of Deaf sport. Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) owns and manages this event. It Involves up to 19 sports and now held every four years. But while sport is central to the event, the Games also provide a major social and cultural festival for the whole Deaf community. The next Games will be held in Adelaide in 2016.
The Australian Deaf Games is one of the oldest ongoing deaf sporting events in the world. The origins of interstate Deaf sport competitions can be traced back to 1895 when the Victorian Deaf cricket team travelled to South Australia for a friendly Deaf cricket match.
The first ‘Deaf Sports Carnivals’ were held as early as 1911 and continued regularly until the Games in it’s current format started in Sydney in 1964/1965. Since then the Games have been held every 3 - 4 years with the 15th and most recent Games being held on the Gold Coast in January 2008.
“Deaf Carnivals” were held as early as 1911, but the Australian Deaf Games cities and dates are as follows:
2008 Gold Coast
2018 Albury Wodonga