Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
14th January 2012, Victoria, Australia: The 2012 Australian Deaf Games will be held in the City of Geelong, Victoria, from 14th-21st of January. First held in 1964, the Australian Deaf Games is the pinnacle of deaf sporting events in Australia, with the main objective of fostering, promoting and encouraging deaf people's participation and skill development in all forms of sport.
Involving up to 18 sports and now held every four years, the Games attract competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand and, for the first time this year, Fiji and Samoa have been invited to participate.
The Fiji Team, led by President of the Fiji Association of the Deaf, Mr Serevi Rokotuibau, comprises four officials and eleven athletes who will participate in the sevens rugby and table tennis events.
Through the efforts of the Fiji High Commission in Canberra and Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Victoria, Mr Reg Hodgson, sponsorship to the value of A$5,000 was secured from Westpac Banking Corporation(Australia) to support the participation of the Fiji Team. In thanking Mr Greg Pawson, Westpac’s General Manager of Pacific Banking, First Secretary at the Fiji High Commission, Cheryl Brown-Irava, expressed recognition of Westpac’s kind generosity and support towards making it possible for Fiji to participate at the Games and further strengthen the people-to-people bonds between Fiji and Australia.
Whilst sport is central to the event, the Games have incorporated a social and cultural festival for the whole deaf community, as well as leadership training by the Australian Deaf Association for their Fiji counterparts during the games.
[Photo caption: Presenting the donation of A$5,000 is Westpac’s Kim Downie and Fiji’s Honorary Consul (Victoria) Reg Hodgson to Brent Phillips, President, Deaf Sports Australia and Serevi Rokotuibau and Gael Seru of the Fiji Deaf Association]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji