Over 70 deaf and hard of hearing youth from all over Brisbane and Darling Downs region, gathered at Hibiscus Sports Complex in Upper Mt Gravatt to play futsal two weeks ago on Thursday. One school in Toowong had the largest number of players – 28 players, which means three teams were developed.

Julie Lyons, Sports Development Officer at Deaf Sports & Recreation Queensland, enjoyed seeing all the youth learning about the sport. “They will always have an opportunity to make friends when they meet up and their confidence in Futsal will be boosted.”

All the schools where the deaf/hard of hearing students are from, are listed below:

  • Kedron State High School
  • Runcorn High School
  • Ipswich Central State School
  • Toowong State School

There were small numbers that travelled from other places such as:

  • Goodna Special School
  • Warrigal Road State School
  • Park Ridge State High School
  • Cecil Plains State School
  • Centenary Heights State High School

High school results saw the teams placed in the following ranks:

  • First place goes to Kedron, who won their grand finals against United 5 – 2
  • Second place goes to United
  • And third place goes to Runcorn High School

Primary school results saw the teams placed in the following ranks:

  • First place goes to Toowong White, who won their grand finals against Toowong Navy 6 – 1
  • Second place goes to Toowong Navy
  • Third place goes to Ipswich State School
  • And fourth place goes to Toowong Green.

Parents, volunteers and an interpreter, were on-site, helping to make the event as accessible and educating as possible. Julie Lyons is grateful for the support. “I am thankful for other people involved such as those from Deaf Futsal Queensland and Football Queensland (Futsal), plus deaf volunteers and other parents willing to help make this event a success.”

There are plans for this Deaf Futsal Gala event to be hosted annually.

More information:
Photos and updates can be found on the QLD Deaf Futsal’s Facebook page.
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Media contact:
Lauren Townsend
Media and Communication Liaison Officer