HISTORY OF DEAF BASKETBALL
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 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 team, contestants must have a valid audiogram with the result of a hearing loss of 55 Decibels or more.
The national team travel nationally every second month to train together as a team for two days before returning to their respective representative teams interstate. Due to financial hardships endured by some team-members over the past 4 years, two athletes have relocated to Melbourne to allow for cheaper training camps with more athletes residing in the one city.
In recent memory, the current program and the core of the current national team have competed in four international tournaments and a trans-Tasman test against New Zealand:
2012 - Asia Pacific Deaf Games (Seoul, South Korea)
2013 - 22nd 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 - 23rd Deaflympic Games (Samsun, Turkey)
2018 - U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships