The 9th Asia-Pacific Deaf Games will be the second time I will represent Australia at an international deaf tournament, but this time playing a different sport, making the transition from Water Polo to Beach Volleyball.
The tournament in Hong Kong will be a qualifier for the next Deaflympic Games and the World Championships, an elite standard tournament for deaf athletes who have a hearing loss of more than 50db (50% hearing loss) in their better ear to qualify. My hearing loss is 95db loss in both ears (90% hearing loss) and use high powered Hearing aids to hear and support communications. To get an idea of what level of hearing I go from, is when you are watching TV, press mute, that is what I hear without the devices. My team is Australia #2 with my team mate Matt Lloyd from Wagga Wagga, we have been preparing well and is confident of giving it our very best shot to get two Aussie teams in the top 6 rankings by tournament end.
The cost for each Australian Athlete who is deaf to attend the games, is approx $7,500 investment covering:
Currently Australian deaf Beach Volleyball players do not receive any Federal or State Government funding for support. This is your opportunity to support me in a little way to attend the games to represent my country Australia, any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way.
There are two opportunities for support:
Updates of my journey will be via my social media as well as updates from the Games in Hong Kong.
Thank you for supporting me