Jane Dent reports on the National Sports Convention for the Deaf held in Auckland during Labour Weekend in 1984. The minute-long footage screened on the 6:30pm news on Saturday 20 October 1984.
There is footage of Deaf athletes competing in the sprint, long jump and shotput at the North Shore stadium. The Manawatu Deaf community gets into the spirit of the National Convention games with a massive GO GO MANAWATU sign. Norman Norris explains how Deaf people utilise their excellent visual skills to react more quickly to things around them, and how this is a benefit in sports.
The ‘Most Outstanding Sportsperson of the Games’ award (Colin Kay Cup) went to T.Parnell (Hawkes Bay). Auckland were the winners of the Aotearoa Turi shield.
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