Australian Deaf Rugby Union Sevens is a Deaf rugby union organisation for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing players/people in Australian.
Recently the title of this previous Deaf rugby union organisation was Southern Cross Deaf Rugby Union (SCDRU) and was approved then changed to ADWR7. SCDRU was a Deaf rugby club organisation for Deaf players across Australia from 2008 to 2013. SCDRU was established in 2008 and held official matches each year with hearing local rugby clubs and the games were officially refereed games sanctioned by the state Rugby Union body. SCDRU completed a tour to Fiji during October 2009 and participated in the XVI Australian Deaf Games in Geelong, VIC, during January 2012. SCDRU also held a Deaf Beach Rugby competition in Melbourne, VIC, during July 2012, which was successful. This is a very significant milestone for the previous organisation SCDRU and for our Deaf and rugby communities.
Our objective is to develop our Deaf Sevens Rugby programs and events across Australia at all levels. Currently, we act as preserve our three state Deaf sevens rugby teams (NSW, Queensland, and Victoria). We, ADWR7 encourage and welcome Deaf and Hard of Hearing players to compete in rugby sevens competitions and programs at our annual National Deaf Rugby Sevens Championship and the Australian Deaf Games. As our objects is to develop and inspire the Deaf rugby union community across Australia. Lastly, there is potential for Deaf Rugby Sevens Tournament to partake in the World Deaf Rugby Sevens Championship and Deaflympics for the first time ever!
ADWR7 is an associate member of Deaf Sports Australia and is liaised with ARU, for the Smart Rugby programs and State Rugby Union body for the sanction.
David Kearsey was born to rugby, He lives and grew up in Inverell, NSW all his life. Despite his hearing loss, he was determined to largely triumph his goals.
(Photo: David Kearsey with Doug Piper after winning best and fairest player award in ADG 2012)
|1 March 2 014||1st National Deaf Rugby Sevens Championships||Paramatta Rugby Union Club, Granville Park, Merrylands NSW|
|7 March 2015||2nd National Deaf Rugby Sevens Championships||Brisbane, QLD|
|TBA 2016||Australian Deaf Games||Adelaide, SA|
|4 March 2017||3rd National Deaf Rugby Sevens Championships||Melbourne VIC|
Preisdent, Australian Deaf Rugby Union Sevens