Category Archives: International

Australian Deaf Games – Expressions of Interests

Deaf Sports New Zealand is now accepting Expressions of Interests for the Australian Deaf Games in January 2016.

Click on the image to fill out the form and send to as soon as possible so we can start finalising the team to represent New Zealand.



Expression of Interest Form for 2015 Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Asia Pacific Deaf Games logo.jpgThe 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games will be held in Taiwan during October 2015. If you are interested to compete at these games, please fill in this Expression of Interest form, and send it back to Deaf Sports New Zealand before the 1st July 2014.

Deaf Sports New Zealand will need to submit a New Zealand Team to the Host Committee for the Asia Pacific Deaf Games before the deadline, so it is important that you complete this form and send it back to us with the deposit paid.

Download: Expression of Interest Form for 2015 Asia Pacific Deaf Games

New Zealand Deaf 8 Ball Pool in Australia


Below is Michelle’s report on New Zealand’s trip to compete in the 5th Australian Deaf 8 Ball Pool Competition.

We felt very welcome at the welcome night on the first day. It was an amazing night to meet new faces from the States. They were from Waikato, Auckland,WA, SA,NSW and Queensland.

DPP_819The two teams from NZ were, Waikato and Auckland, we were excited to prepare for the games with the States on the second day. The States were vert strong against us, they played a really great game. We learned the two shots rules more and were able to challenge more with them. Waikato and Auckland were trying to beat the States on the third day, the competition was enjoyed by the States. The game were hard game too. Then we went to a presentation night at the casino. It was a fantastic night and beautiful dinner was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to players Sue Tweedie, Richard Duff, Shaun Fahey and Aureette who were the best players for their clubs over the weekend. Fourth day New Zealand vs Australia, NZ players were ready to play against the Australian players. It were a lots photo of the team. Australia were so strong and awesome game more, oh really close the game. Congratulations to Australia who won the Tasman Shield award, 2 vs 0. The closing was sad time to goodbye the States. The Australia Deaf National 8 Ball 2018 will held in Sydney, Australia. Also 6th Australia Deaf Game 2016 will held in Adelaide, Australia.

Final Results


  1. Queenland
  2. Western Australia
  3. Waikato and South Australia
  4. Auckland


  1. South Australia A
  2. New South Wales
  3. Queensland A
  4. Auckland
  5. South Australia B
  6. Queensland B
  7. Waikato
  8. Combined

New Zealand vs Australia women 2 vs 0

New Zealand vs Australia men 2 vs 0

Kind Regards

Michelle Pillay
Secretary of NZD8P
For more information contact Michelle at

2015 World Deaf Futsal Championships

The 2015 World Deaf Futsal Championships are being held in Thailand. DSNZ officially registered a female team this week! Get behind the team and support them in their pursuit to the Champs! For more information regarding the event contact or

Sofia Deaflympics Final Update

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 made by Team Russia (who arrived second over the line) that as everyone was sprinting towards the finish line, Daniel was blocking the Russian cyclist from passing him. Unfortunately their protest succeeded and Daniel was demoted to fourth, missing out on a medal. Daniel was devastated, but he still believes that he should have been awarded the Gold medal, and he knows that he was first over the line. On the 2nd August, Daniel had his final race in the Points Race. He managed to score 8 points to get a ranking of 8th. Daniel did New Zealand proud, and he should be proud of his achievements at these Deaflympics.

On the 2nd August, Talor Gilmer had his 800m qualifying heat. He was not able to qualify for the semi finals. Talor Gilmer also impressed us, especially with his 1,500m run. Talor is another young athlete who should be able to give the Deaflympics another crack in 4 years time in 2017.

With all the races completed, our athletes are able to relax and enjoy their time. There was the opening ceremony, and some of the athletes went on to enjoy a European holiday.

We thank everyone in New Zealand, and around the world for following the New Zealand Deaflympics team. Thank you.

We would like to end the 2013 Sofia Deaflympics updates with a video clip from the outgoing ICSD President, Craig Crowley.

Sofia Deaflympics Update 3


Santana Chapman at the start of the 100m freestyle

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.


Talor with his dad after the 1500m Semi Final

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 It was a very hot day with temperatures reaching 37°C! Talor has qualified for the 1500m final with a time of 4m:15s.81ms. Talor will run his 1500m final at 6pm on the 31st July (1st August 3am in New Zealand)


The three New Zealand athletes, Daniel Carruthers, Santana Chapman and Talor Gilmer

Following Talor’s race, the full New Zealand team got together for lunch. This was the first time the full team had met together, and we enjoyed sharing stories and laughter. It was good team bonding, and there are already plans for a Turkey 2017 campaign!


Team New Zealand at Sofia