History through Young Eyes: Interview with Jeff Went

2015
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Jeff Went talks about his involvement with Deaf sports and the 1989 World Deaf Games in Christchurch where he volunteered as an ‘international interpreter’ doing 12 hour days over 12 days!
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Justin Joel, a Tu Kokiri student interviews Jeff Went at the Balmoral Auckland Deaf Society clubroom about his involvement with Deaf sports and the Deaf community. Jeff was involved with Deaf Sports New Zealand for 16 years – 10 years as its President and 6 years on its Executive Board. He talks about volunteering as an “international interpreter” in the World Deaf Games in Christchurch 1989 where he translated information into International Sign for international players and visitors. He worked 12 hours a day for 12 straight days. He goes on to talk about times at Auckland Deaf Society back in the old days. In 1990, Auckland celebrated its 150th anniversary and the NZ Deaf Games were in the city. Over 450 people, Deaf and hearing people, with a Miss Deaf NZ beautify pageant event. Jeff encourages Deaf youth to get involved with ADS via its youth club, the board or its sport clubs.

A project by Tu Kokiri Deaf students made with funding from the Albert-Eden Local Board, in collaboration with Auckland Deaf Society and edited footage from SignDNA.

Produced by:
Tu Kokiri students
Reference number:
SignDNA – Deaf National Archive New Zealand, ADS51-04-LS15