The Manawatu Deaf Society Sports Section celebrates its annual End of Year Prizegiving evening at the Clubrooms, with happy hour, dancing, speeches, raffle prizes and socialising at $15.00 per head on Saturday 14 November 1998, at a time when smoking was still allowed inside the clubroom!
Suzanne Hanson, as the MC, oversees the speeches and award giving, and there’s plenty of it covering sports such as basketball, lawn bowls singles and mixed, pairs mixed, ten pin bowling, darts, 8 pool and netball!
Updates are also given on preparations for the Palmerston North city to host the New Zealand Deaf Games in the following year.
Paul Batten, Coach of the New Zealand Deaf Basketball Team also announces Central men’s and ladies’ players selected to represent New Zealand at the planned New Zealand vs Australia basketball competition in 1999, of which those are involved:
Mens: NZ Deaf Basketball team
- Allan Davidson (Team Manager), Paul Batten (Coach)
- Players: Steven Harvey and Hoia Tatana.
Paul Batten says it is the first time that four Central mens players has been represented in the NZ Deaf Basketball team. Usually, Central only has one representative in the New Zealand Basketball team.
As for the Women’s New Zealand Deaf Basketball representatives, Debra Jamieson and Joanna Carson are announced as representatives. All players told upfront to cut down on their drinking, partying and to focus, and not to get pregnant!