For the first time, the Active Deaf Kids program ventured to Dubbo in the NSW Central West region earlier this month to run baseball and hockey clinics for 15 deaf and hard of hearing students.
Garry Everson from Baseball NSW and Kate Pulbrook from Hockey NSW were on hand to provide expert coaching skills to the students, who had a great time meeting like-minded friends.
The trip to Dubbo was followed by a visit to the Central Coast where more than 20 deaf and hard of hearing students converged on Niagara Park Stadium to participate in baseball, hockey and soccer clinics. The clinics were run by Garry Everson from Baseball NSW, Greg Doolan and Janelle Morton from Hockey NSW, Renee Rollason, who plays for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League, and Anthony Herrera from Football NSW.
The final leg of the NSW ADK Tour was completed with a clinic held at Sydney Olympic Park – the venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. This clinic saw more than 50 deaf and hard of hearing students from local schools including Thomas Pattison, Penrith Primary School and Camden Primary School, learn to play AFL, baseball and hockey. Again the clinics were under the watchful eye of Garry Everson from Baseball NSW, Ruth Dorman from Hockey NSW, Daniel Borzula and Brent from AFL NSW.
The ADK clinics were hugely successful and well attended – and the smiles on the faces of the kids said it all.
Deaf Sports Australia would like to extend its warmest thanks and appreciation to the following supporters of the ADK program:
Kate Matairvula – NSW Deaf Society
Christiane Kassab – NSW Deaf Society
Adrian Priem – Auslan Interpreter
Kylie Pickup – Auslan Interpreter
Tanya Miller – Auslan Interpreter
Karen O’Toole – Auslan Interpreter
In addition, we would like to thank the NSW Deaf Society for providing Auslan interpreters for all three clinics.
Many thanks also to Rodney Adam, Margaret Collins, Yvonne Blessing, Kellie Walker, Marcelle Pettigrew and their colleagues for their support and involvement throughout these days.
Kate Pulbrook showing how hockey is played & interpreted by Adrian Priem
Garry Everson from Baseball NSW showing how to throw with the ball
Brent from NSW AFL demonstrating a kick
Tobian Jackson-Jones learning how to throw underhand ball