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Games deliver $3m boost to Border economy

Albury-Wodonga will host the Australian Deaf Games this, attracting 1000 competitors and delivering an estimated $3 million to the local economy.

The games are run by Deaf Sports Australia and will be held in Albury and Wodonga from January 20 to 27.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said it was a coup for the Border and only the second time the Games has been held outside a capital city since they started in 1965. Geelong hosted the Games in 2012.

“We look forward to welcoming 1000 athletes, plus interpreters, visitors, officials and volunteers from around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa,” Cr Speedie said. 

“It’s anticipated the Games will bring an economic benefit of about $3 million to the Border.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to support and encourage our local deaf and hearing-impaired community.”

Cr Speedie said Wodonga and AlburyCity had worked together to submit a compelling bid to host the games.

“This is a great example of Victoria and NSW, Wodonga and Albury working together to attract a great event that will benefit the Border,” Cr Speedie said.

“Wodonga Council and AlburyCity will hold the games in partnership with Destination NSW and Sport and Recreation Victoria.”

Cr Speedie said the high standard of the Border’s sporting venues helped the cities win the Games.

“Venues including the Wodonga Tennis Centre, Martin Park, Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and Albury Swim Centre, will host 17 sports such as swimming, netball, basketball, cricket and tennis.”

Normally held every four years, the games have been moved to two years to provide a pathway for athletes through to international competition in the Asia Pacific Deaf Games and Deaflympics.

It’s estimated there are more than 1000 deaf and hearing-impaired people in the Border region and surrounding areas.


Last updated: 19-01-2018

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