Who are we?
Deaf Basketball Australia (DBA) is the National Body for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing impaired basketball players throughout Australia. DBA acts as an umbrella body for our affiliated State Deaf Basketball Associations.
Deaf Basketball Australia was formed in 1964 as Australian Deaf Basketball Association with the original aim of running the annual national deaf basketball competitions, known as the National Deaf Basketball Club Championships. Deaf Basketball Australia’s objectives expanded to oversee the preparation of national teams to attend the Deaflympics, World Deaf Basketball Championships, Asia Pacific Deaf Games and the Asia Pacific Deaf Basketball Club Championships
Deaf Basketball Australia is affiliated with Deaf International Basketball Federation and Deaf Sports Australia. DBA are currently building a healthy partnership with Basketball Australia.
Our national teams – Goannas, Dingoes, Geckos, and Ringtails receive no government or sports association funding and are driven by a volunteer committee who have a wealth of experience in basketball and sports.
In 1963, the then Hon Secretary of the Victorian Deaf Basketball Club, Mr. A.W. Sugden submitted a plan for the formation of a new deaf basketball association. The inaugural meeting took place at the NSW Deaf clubrooms on Monday 28 December 1964 and it was at this meeting that the first Constitution and Rules of Association were adopted that have been amended over time.
At the 2005 Deaflympics which were hosted in Melbourne, the first time the Deaflympics had been hosted by a city in the Southern Hemisphere, the national team finished a respectable 4th place just missing out on a medal losing to Lithuania. It was this result that stamped the Goannas onto the world stage as a team to be respected.
Today, Deaf Basketball Australia, is the national sporting organisation that aims to provide deaf and hard of hearing players, officials and coaches the best possible opportunities in the international and widely popular sport of basketball. It must be noted that Deaf Basketball Australia is an inclusive organisation who are accepting of all levels of hearing loss and deafness. This includes participants who have a hearing loss of less than the international standard of 55 decibels (dB) and are recipients of hearing aids, cochlear implants and deaf individuals. To be eligible for the Australian deaf basketball teams, participants must have a valid audiogram with the result of a hearing loss of 55dB or more.
Deaf Basketball Australia has also sent teams to the following:
- 2012 Asia Pacific Deaf Games – Seoul, South Korea
- 2013 Deaflympic Games – Sofia, Bulgaria
- 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships – Chinese Taipei, Taiwan
- 2015 New Zealand Trans-Tasman Test – Melbourne, Australia
- 2015 Asia Pacific Deaf Games – Chinese Taipei, Taiwan
- 2017 Deaflympic Games – Samsun, Turkey
- 2018 World Under 21 Deaf Basketball Championship – Washington DC, USA
Irena Farinacci – President