From Johanna Plante, Event Coordinator
I thought I'd touch base with you to let you know about the latest Deaf community sporting event in which I've become involved - the World Deaf Rugby 7's Australia 2018 tournament being held in Sydney, Australia 22 - 26 April 2018. I'm the volunteer Event Coordinator.
I've been working on organising this with the Australian Deaf Rugby Union Committees in cooperation with World Deaf Rugby and various overseas Deaf rugby teams since November 2016, and we finally have the basic infrastructure for the event in place. And there seems to be great enthusiasm and excitement about the event from Deaf rugby teams and players across the globe.
The event will include National teams from a range of overseas countries, Australian State/Territory teams and several combined World and Australian "Barbarian" teams for players who are not able to participate as members of a National or State/Territory team. We want all Deaf and hard of hearing rugby players to have an opportunity to participate.
Deaf rugby 7's teams and individual players from countries around the world have already indicated their interest in coming to Sydney for the event including from England, Wales, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji and South Africa. We're also hoping to find ways for other countries to attend including neighbouring nations such as Samoa and Tonga as well as those further afield such as Hong Kong and Cambodia.
The World Deaf Rugby 7's Australia 2018 event is being organised, managed and run by a small team of volunteers drawn from the Australian Deaf Rugby Union Committees.
Our WDR 7's Website https://www.worlddeafrugby7s.com/ provides detailed information about all aspects of the event. We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/worlddeafrugby/.
I've attached a copy of our wonderful Poster - please feel free to disseminate it far and wide! We are keen for as many Deaf and hard of hearing people as possible - and their hearing families and friends - to know about this unique opportunity to be part of what is shaping up to be an amazing international Deaf Rugby 7's tournament.