Sportility is proud to be gearing up Deaf Basketball Australia and the Goannas sponsored by Deaf Services Queensland, as they represent our country at the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Turkey. The boys will be taking on the world's best deaf basketball players and are confident about their ability to compete for silverware.
They have every reason to back themselves, taking impressive strides over the past few years. In 2015, they were the world's most improved deaf basketball nation, rising up nine ranked spots into the Top 5. They went on to turn heads at the World Championships, before dominating the Asia Pacific Deaf Games and becoming the first Australian deaf national team from any sport to win gold.
For too long, deaf sports in Australia has been underfunded and unsupported. Players and coaches volunteer their blood, sweat and tears to represent their country proudly and play sports at the highest level. They receive no government funding. The team at Sportility is very excited to be able to support Deaf Basketball Australia and cheer on the Goannas sponsored by Deaf Services Queensland as they head to Turkey.
Sportility will be providing Deaf Basketball Australia with high-quality team apparel and have been working alongside them to ensure the Goannas sponsored by Deaf Services Queensland will look the part to play the part in Turkey.
Australian deaf athletes have been woefully underfunded in comparison to their peers. Deaf Sports Australia receives only $85,000 in funding annually, which is barely enough to cover a single full time employee. Players are often left spending thousands of dollars travelling interstate for monthly training camps. The ASC has compounded this lack of funding by cutting its grants used to send teams to the Deaf Olympics.
Sportility founder Adam Hyman passionately believes that Australia’s deaf basketball stars deserve more.
“After attending the 2016 National Deaf Basketball tournament, I experienced first hand the camaraderie, commitment and dedication of the deaf basketball community.”
The empowerment of teams like the Goannas is strongly connected to the vision and mission of the Sportility team.
“After more than twenty years of experience participating in grassroots and elite level sports, I have been left frustrated by the siloed and fragmented nature of the industry. Too many people are left on the backburner, without their needs properly catered to.
This is why we’ve created Sportility, and we’re excited to be a part of a new wave of sports tech startups that are stepping up to the plate and supporting grassroots sports organisations when the government or peak bodies leave them in the cold.”