A New Zealand team was sent to the 10th World Deaf Games in Washington, USA during June-July 1965. An appeal for funds was made resulting in a team of 15 athletes and a management committee of four attending the Games. New Zealand gained one Bronze Medal from the swimming events when Rossell MacKenzie finished third in the 400 metres freestyle.
The New Zealand Deaf team was farewelled at Kelston School for the Deaf the day before leaving, finding time for a team photo. The team then went to the Auckland Town Hall to be farewelled officially and wished good luck by the Mayor of Auckland, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson.