17 June 2016
Deaf students meet and greet with deaf Olympians at the National Sports Museum
Over forty Deaf students from Victorian College of the Deaf (VCD) will today meet and greet deaf sports Olympians Cindy-Lu Bailey and Sam Cartledge at the iconic National Sports Museum in Melbourne.
Profoundly Deaf since birth, Cindy-Lu Bailey became one of Australia’s most remarkable swimmers to represent her country at two Commonwealth games, two Pan Pacific games and competed at 6 Deaflympics games spanning 20 years.
Unable to hear the starter’s gun Cindy had to rely on vibrations or watch the reflexes of the swimmer next to her to prompt her to start..
Deaf Fitzroy North basketballer Sam Cartledge will compete at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey after leading the national team to a gold medal at an international tournament.
The visit gives students an informal opportunity to ask questions of deaf Olympians past and present experiences in a relaxed sports and educational setting.
VCD students and teachers will be able to tour the venue’s exhibition in Auslan or captioned audio via Conexu’s OpenAccess Tour app and spend some time at the Deaflympics showcase.
The national sports museum has been leading the way in accessibility since 2012 with Auslan and captioned audio tours, the flagship cultural venue.