The Deaf Sports New Zealand Executive Board have made the decision not to send any athletes or delegates to the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun. There have been several reasons behind this decision, including finance and security. We understand that some athletes may be disappointed with this decision. We have made this decision with the best interests of Deaf Sports New Zealand in mind.
Hello! Good day, everyone! I am pleased to announce that ICSD has been working diligently on all sports in the last few months and these were taken one step at a time. Most importantly is the 18th Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk. Sign name for this city (as shown) is the correct sign name for Khanty-Mansiysk. Previously I had indicated a different sign name and I was mistaken so here’s the correct sign based on what was shared with me by the Deaf community in Khanty-Mansiysk. So from this point forward, let’s begin using the correct sign for Khanty-Mansiysk. ICSD Executive Committee had their first meeting last December, under my presidency, in Moscow. It was a productive 3-day meeting. Primary concern was Winter Deaflympics, whether it was possible to have one. As President, I have reassured them to have Winter Deaflympics and we must work hard to make it happen. After the holidays, I met with Deputy Minister, Dmitry Kozak, who is very well respected in Russia, to discuss the possibility of having 18th Winter Deaflympics hosted in Khanty-Mansiysk in March 2015. In my presentation, I stressed that we must host 18th Winter Deaflympics for Deaf Athletes and that Russia […]
The 2013 Sofia Deaflympics have come to a close. Daniel Harborne was not in Sofia to witness the closing of the Deaflympics, because he was already on his way back to New Zealand. The Opening Ceremony was held at Vasil Levski Stadium where Talor Gilmer competed in Athletics. However you can watch a recording of the live stream on YouTube. On the 31st July, Santana Chapman had her 50m breaststroke, and the next day on the 1st August, she had he 50m freestyle. She did not qualify for the finals. Santana impressed everyone during her first Deaflympics campaign. She timed a few new personal best times, and this is really promising to see. Santana had only 18 months of training, and has been able to be competitive. She is only 15 years of age, and should be available for the next Deaflympics in 4 years time. On the 31st July, Daniel Carruthers had his Individual Road Race. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the Men’s Individual Road race. Daniel was the first cyclist over the finish line beating 3 other cyclists behind him, with the rest of the field further back. But after the race, there was a protest […]
On Monday 29th July, Santana had her first competitve swim at the Deaflympics. She had the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly heats at Spartak. The New Zealand team was supporting her from the stands. Given Santana’s age, and having only 18 months of training, she should be proud of herself. Santana had a time of 38s.07ms in the 50m butterfly. She has improved her International Deaf Swimming ranking by 4 places to be 22nd out of 40 in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1m:10s.09ms. This was her first international swim, and it was a whole new level to national swimming competitions in New Zealand. At the same time, Daniel Carruthers had his Men’s Individual Time Trial. He came 14th with a time of 57m:51s.99ms for a 35km race. He was only 7 minutes behind the winner from Russia, so that was still a good effort from him. The next day on Tuesday 30th July, Talor Gilmer had his 1500m Semi Final at Vasil Levski National Stadium. Again the New Zealand team were in the stands to provide support. Talor is also appreciative of the support he got from those who watched his race live on sofia2013.com. It was […]
On Friday 26th July we celebrated the opening of the 22nd Summer Deaflympics with an Opening Ceremony at Arena Armeec. Each country was allowed only 3 athletes, or 10% of the total of athletes to march at the Opening Ceremony. Arena Armeec was too small to allow every athlete to march, but this was perfect for the New Zealand team as we only had 3 athletes! Daniel Carruthers had a cycling race in the morning and didn’t want the proceedings of the opening ceremony to impact on his performance. He did not come to the Opening Ceremony, so Daniel Harborne replaced him in the march. He joined Talor Gilmer and Santana Chapman for the opening ceremony with their parents watching proudly from the stand. As all the teams marched into the arena, 3 athletes from each country were ushered into the centre of the arena while the rest of the 10% were ushered back into the stands. The 3 athletes from each country were able to meet athletes from other countries. We had the Sweden team on one side and the Norway team on the otherside. This was an excellent opportunity for both Talor and Santana to polish up on […]