Recently, Cricket Australia together with Commonwealth Bank announced a landmark deal to commit to women's sports and diversity programs. Below is the link regarding the announcement:
Deaf Sports Australia congratulates both Cricket Australia and Commonwealth Bank on their commitment to diversity programs that includes supporting deaf and hard of hearing cricket lovers. Below is a letter from Phil Harper, DSA President that was forwarded to Cricket Australia thanking them for their support:
To: James Sutherland - CEO
On behalf of the Board and members of Deaf Sport Australia as well as our Deaf community, we would like to sincerely thank Cricket Australia and the Commonwealth Bank for their wonderful initiative in supporting Deaf cricket at the highest level.
We would particularly like to thank the Cricket Australia Chairman, David Peever, Head of Community Engagement, Sam Amaliki and Disability Engagement Specialist, Aaron Dragwidge for their insight, support and encouragement to get involved in your inclusive disability strategy and the national inclusion cricket championships which Deaf Cricket Australia is now part of.
Deaf Cricket has always been a strong and popular sport amongst deaf people across Australia with annual national championships held for many decades, but has struggled for support to participate and compete on the international level.
Cricket Australia's recognition to give Deaf cricket the same support as the Australian Men and Women's national cricket teams is a landmark decision. What it provides to our current and future deaf cricket players is a wonderful dream they can aspire to and encourages them to become more dedicated to achieving the goal to play at the highest level.
Deaf Sport Australia looks forward to working with our National member Deaf Cricket Australia and Cricket Australia to further strengthen pathways for deaf people (both men and women) across all States and Territories to play cricket at all levels including participation in high performance training programs.
We also acknowledge the efforts of Deaf Cricket Australia in advocating for better recognition and support from Cricket Australia over the years and it has paid off. I have seen first-hand the joyful response from some of our Deaf cricket players to this announcement and it is wonderfully uplifting.
We look forward to other national sport organisations recognising this initiative as a great model to adopt and Deaf Sport Australia will be contacting them to encourage and support them in working towards this goal.
We wish Deaf Cricket Australia and Cricket Australia a wonderful partnership and may it be a long innings.