Deaf Sports New Zealand

Deaf Sports New Zealand (formerly called the Deaf Amateur Sports Association, then the New Zealand Deaf Sports Association, then Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand) is an organisation whose vision is to encourage Deaf people to participate in sport in New Zealand both on a recreational and competitive basis. Sports have traditionally played an important role in the Deaf community, providing a focal point for regional communities to come together, not just to see who can run the fastest or jump the furthest, but also to catch up with friends from all over New Zealand and around the world. Deaf Sports New Zealand takes this cultural tradition and raises it to the next level of competitiveness and professionalism by preparing athletes for competition, and training of coaches for international duties, including coaching qualification.

The formation of the Deaf Amateur Sports Association

The first New Zealand Deaf Council and Sports for the Deaf taken in Christchurch in April 1950. Left to right: John Kinnear (Chairman), Stewart Smith (Auckland delegate), Cecil Cairns (Christchurch delegate), Hayton Williams (Wellington delegate), Jack R. Swindle (Secretary).
NZ Deaf Societies Convention Conference Report. Source: New Zealand Deaf News, 1963 (Vol. 1, No. 1)

At the June 1963 Conference of New Zealand Deaf Societies (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch), held in Wellington, it was unanimously agreed that a national association should be formed to deal with many matters surrounding sporting activities for Deaf people in New Zealand – to promote and regulate sport.

The Deaf Amateur Sports Association (NZDASA) was formed in 1963.

Getting a representative team to Washington 1965

An application form for interested competitors as advertised in the New Zealand Deaf News, 1964.

The first challenge was to raise finance to send a team to the World Games for the Deaf in Washington D.C. in 1965. A nationwide raffle, some “Pig in a Barrow” raffles, an indoor bowls tournament and a festival of dancing was held to raise money, along with other small functions.

 

Working for Deaf Sports

Washington DC, 1965. New Zealand Deaf sports team. Top, K.Gordon, C.Goodhue, Norman Norris, M.Forman, K.McDiarmid, K.Funnell, Peter Murray, J.Ballantine, Owen Gibbons. Bottom: Terry Siviter, John McRae, Wallace Williams, K.Smith, R.MacKenzie, Stewart Smith, R.Forman, W.McLachlan
New Zealand Deaf basketball team sent to the 15th World Games for the Deaf, Los Angeles 1985. Front: Jeff Went (coach), Terry Siviter, M.Clausen, Richard Peri (Vice Captain), Tony McGill, Royce Flynn (Team Manager). Back: Paul Buzzard, M.Albea, G.Koat, P.Scott, T.Parnell.
New Zealand Deaf sports team - XIIth World Games for the Deaf, Malmo, Sweden, July 1975. Back: G.Brown (Taranaki, table tennis), P.Tayler (Christchurch, athletics coach). Front: Margaret Coutts (Christchurch, Manager), Gwen Rapley (Taranaki, table tennis), R.Forrest (Christchurch, athletics).

The NZDASA continued to prepare and send athletes to further Summer and Winter World Games for the Deaf as well as organising local and interclub competitions, the New Zealand Games every year, the Asia/Pacific Games for the Deaf and other International Deaf Tours.

NZDSA becomes DFSNZ, and then DSNZ

New Zealand Deaf Sports Association logo.
Deaf Sports Federation New Zealand logo.
Deaf Sports New Zealand logo.

There was a name change to the New Zealand Deaf Sports Association in 1989 then to the Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand in 2001. In 2014 the organisation became Deaf Sports New Zealand.

Can also be found in

  1. 1989
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    16th World Games for Deaf - News Review segment

    News Review coverage of the 16th World Games for the Deaf in Christchurch 1989.

  2. 1989
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    16th World Games for the Deaf, Christchurch

    Opening ceremony and events at the 16th World Games for the Deaf, Christchurch 1989.

  3. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Games 1979 - Basketball

    The Australian and New Zealand Deaf men play basketball at the Trans-Tasman Games, held at Lincoln College, Canterbury in January 1979.

  4. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Deaf Games: Opening Ceremony and sports

    Coverage of the Trans-Tasman Deaf Games, Lincoln College, Christchurch, 10 January 1979, including opening ceremony and various sports.

  5. 1952
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    Arriving for the Deaf Sports Convention in Auckland 1952

    Members of the Auckland Deaf community welcome friends and competitors from nationwide for the annual Deaf Sports Convention in Auckland 1952, and take a trip into Auckland City.

  6. 1958
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    Deaf Societies Sports Convention, Wellington 1958

    Deaf Aucklanders make their way down to Wellington in a van for the Labour Weekend sports. Stopping on the way, they prepare for a day of sports and socialising.

  7. 1977
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Lower Hutt 1977

    Coverage of the Labour Weekend NZ Deaf Sports Convention at Lower Hutt, Wellington in 1977.

  8. 1979
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979 - Netball

    Coverage of the Netball tournament at the NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979.

  9. 1971
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    16th Annual NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch

    The Manawatu Deaf Club Athletic Team practice with coach Keith Gordon. This footage covers the athletic training session.

  10. 1979
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    NZ Deaf Sport Convention, Christchurch 1979

    Scenes from NZ Deaf Sport Convention in Christchurch 1979, with sports such as shot-put and athletics, including some impressive sprinting and middle distance running.

  11. 1976
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    The Christchurch team travel to Palmerston North for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention on Labour Weekend, 1976.

  12. 1955
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention 1955 - Christchurch

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention is held at Rugby Park, Christchurch in 1955.

  13. 1953
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Christchurch 1953

    The 1953 New New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention is held in Christchurch, with sports, fun, and day trips.

  14. 1981
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Palmerston North 1981

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention hosted by Manawatu Deaf Club in Palmerston North, 1981.

  15. 1975
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1975

    The Deaf community gather in Christchurch for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Labour Weekend, 1975.

  16. 1981
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1981

    Interesting footage of the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Palmerston North, 1981, filmed by Sue Penman.

  17. 1976
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    Footage from the sports, meeting, and socialising at the 21st NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976.

  18. 1983
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Dunedin 1983

    A good crowd gathers to the deep south, Dunedin for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in 1983.

  19. 1972
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    Open Indoor Bowls Championship for the Deaf, Hamilton 1972

    A trip to Hamilton for the 1972 Open Indoor Bowls Championship for the Deaf provides a snapshot of NZ at the time. A road trip, sporting events, and a day out relaxing at various attractions presents what seems to be a fun weekend.

  20. 1990
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    Prizegiving evening: 34th NZ Games for the Deaf (Auckland)

    The 34th New Zealand Games for the Deaf, hosted by Auckland, concludes with a prizegiving and social evening at Auckland Deaf Society 1990.

  21. 1954
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    Socialising at Labour Weekend Wellington 1954

    Athletes and spectators take a day out from the sporting competition to have fun in Wellington, 1954.

  22. 1955
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    Sports Convention picnic at Motukarara, 1955

    During the 1955 Sports Convention hosted in Christchurch, a picnic is held at Motukarara, by Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury.

  23. 1956
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    Sports Convention: Trip to Motuihe Domain

    During the Sports Convention, Deaf people travel to Motuihe Domain, on Motuihe Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, for a picnic.

  24. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Games hosted in Christchurch, 1979

    Opening ceremony of the Trans-Tasman Games, Including a traditional Maori welcome for the Australian team.

  25. 1951
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    Travelling to Wellington for NZ Deaf Sports Convention, 1951

    A group of Auckland Deaf travel to and from Wellington for the New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention during Labour Weekend, 1951.

  26. 1965
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    Washington Xth International Silent Games

    The New Zealand team attending the 10th World Deaf Games in Washington, USA, 1965.

  27. 1981
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    WDG Köln 1981 team returns home

    The NZ team returns from the XIV World Games for the Deaf, Köln, Germany 1981.

  28. 1981
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    World Deaf Games, Köln 1981

    New Zealand team goes to XIV World Games for the Deaf in Köln, Germany in 1981.