Deaflympics In Taiwan

Postby Dunnersdan on Mon 8/Jun/09 5:57am

The Deaflympics will the be largest multi-sport event ever held in Taiwan and Taipei City is determined to make everything function as smoothly as possible. More than 4,000 athletes have registered, as have around 1,300 coaches, officials, medical personnel, and translators. This represents a 50 percent-plus increase over the 2,400 participants in the previous Deaflympics, which were held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005.

"The Deaflympics are not exclusively for deaf people; to participate, athletes must have "a hearing loss of at least 55db in their better ear." In fact, hearing-impaired people sometimes live, not in a world of total silence, but with a disorientating and frightening cacophony of partially audible sounds set against a partially deafening thunder"

"The Games organizershave been using the upcoming Deaflympics to promote the learning of sign language and better understanding of hearing loss and other disabilities through a deaf-awareness program in Taiwan"

After great efforts at harmonization and compromise, there is currently emerging somekind of consensus around International Sign, an attempt to create an "Esperanto for the hearing impaired." So far it is too limited to be called a language — it is more of a pidgin sign language — but it is used for adjudication and inter-nation communication at the Deaflympics. As for the starter's pistol and referee's whistle of other sports, these are replaced by flashing lights and the use of flags, respectively.

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Original Published: 5:37am Monday, 8th June 2009 - NZST
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Re: Deaflympics In Taiwan

Postby goldfish on Mon 8/Jun/09 8:47am

Sweet are you representing us over there Dan?

My work and social circle here in London is going to be pretty empty while the games are on - it seems like EVERYONE is heading over! Have to see if I can find that Jackie Chan advert...
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Re: Deaflympics In Taiwan

Postby goldfish on Mon 8/Jun/09 8:49am

Here we go... in Taiwanese but Jackie Chan props anyway:
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Re: Deaflympics In Taiwan

Postby Fergie on Mon 8/Jun/09 9:48am

Cool, these were held in Christchurch in 1987. With balance issues they ran the track events on Wigram. After a close sprint the two riders stopped and started signing furiously. We thought it was some good natured post race discussion till they started laying into each other.
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Re: Deaflympics In Taiwan

Postby Dunnersdan on Mon 29/Jun/09 5:35pm

Hi all, yes I am representing New Zealand at the Deaf Olympics in Taiwan :) Thanks for supporting me and keep up with my blog on my progress.
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