In January the NRS attended the 16th Australian Deaf Games in Adelaide as a major partner and supporter of the international event.
Held every four years, the sporting festival was host to more than 1000 deaf and hearing-impaired people from all over Australia and neighbouring Pacific nations.
As an event partner, the NRS attended the Games Hub expo as part of the cultural and social program, conducted an awareness session and promoted the service to hundreds of people throughout the fortnight of competition.
‘Sponsoring the Deaf Games gave us a great opportunity to introduce people to the NRS, discuss the services that work for them and to let the Deaf community know more about what we have to offer,’ said Managing Director of NRS Outreach Deborah Fullwood.
‘It was a great success and we were so happy to be involved.
‘We were also able to talk to NRS users about their experience with the NRS app and obtain valuable feedback about improving the service. Some people who had never heard of the NRS before were even downloading our app on the spot.’
Up to 20 different sporting competitions were held during the Games including athletics, swimming, beach volleyball, basketball and netball. There were also cultural events such as comedy shows, a mini children’s games and a quiz night.
The Deaf Games was hosted by Deaf Sports Australia, Deaf Community & Sports South Australia, the 2016 Adelaide Games Organising Committee and the City of Adelaide.