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DURHAM REGION NAMED HOST OF THE 2016 CANADA DEAF GAMES
September 3, 2014 – Montreal, QC – The Canadian Deaf Sports Association (CDSA) is proud to announce that following a competitive bid process, the CDSA’s bid evaluation committee have unanimously selected Durham Region as the Host of the 2016 Canada Deaf Games to take place in the summer of 2016.
The Canadian Deaf Sports Association would like to thank all members of the bid evaluation committee for their support throughout this process, and all interested bid communities for their enthusiasm.
Durham Region is situated in the highly developed and populated economic centre of Ontario, known as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Situated as the eastern gateway to the GTA, , Durham Region is made up of eight area municipalities ranging from large urban centres to small towns, hamlets and villages and is home to more than 650,000 people.
Durham Region’s bid demonstrated a number of high quality sporting venues, a vibrant community energy, and a cohesive and collaborative spirit within its partners, including the City of Oshawa, The Town of Whitby, Abilities Centre, the Ontario Deaf Sports Association, Central Counties Tourism, Durham Tourism, and Sport Durham.
Durham has a rich history of hosting major sporting events and is considered to be an ideal location for this exciting event. The Canadian Deaf Sports Association is proud to be making this major announcement today, and to working together with the Durham Region to ensure that this is a successful event and an exceptional experience for all participants.
The Canada Deaf Games is the biggest National Deaf Sporting event, and Canada’s only major multisport competition that is exclusively for Deaf athletes. At the 2016 Canada Deaf Games, Provinces will have the opportunity to send teams to compete in up to (17) Deaflympic
Summer Sports that are sanctioned by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf:
• Table Tennis
• Mountain Biking
• Beach Volleyball
The Canada Deaf Games are an important step in the development pathway for Canadian Deaf athletes to pursue their dreams of representing Canada at the International level during competitions like World Championships, Pan American Games for the Deaf, and the Deaflympics. They also serve as an important milestone for Deaf Sports in Canada as they represent the only National Championship level competition for a number of sports, as well as a key recruitment and selection milestone for CDSA National Team Programs. This event brings together Deaf Canadians from across the country, and an opportunity to share in a love for sport, celebration of Deaf culture, and show of strength for the Deaf Community from coast to coast.
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The Canadian Deaf Sports Association (ASSC-CDSA) is a non-profit, private corporation that provides programs that bring awareness to Canadians and elite Deaf athletes at all levels of sports. The ASSC-CDSA is the governing body for Team Canada participating to the Deaflympics, Pan American Games for the Deaf and various World Deaf Championships.