Sports day brings deaf students together video

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Deaf students competed at Kelston Deaf Education Centre's sports day on March 30.

 Athletics was not the only benefit for deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the country at an annual sports day.

More than 300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students participated in the 11th annual Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC) sports day on March 30, at The Trusts Arena in Henderson, regional co-ordinator Catherine Eichmann said.

Acting CEO Tom Purvis said some students may be the only deaf student in their school. At the sports day they get together with peers from around the country, and it was a great experience for them, he said.

Athletes leap to sporting glory.
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Athletes leap to sporting glory.

The kaupapa for the day was getting deaf children together and there's a bit of healthy competition, Purvis said.

"It's about community."

Activities were run by deaf, and hearing people, and included parachute games, sack races, egg and spoon races, hoop games, vortex, discus, shot-put, sprints, long jump, high jump and tug-of war, Eichmann said.

Schools competed in tug of war contests.
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Schools competed in tug of war contests.

Eichmann said a highlight of the day was seeing the students make friends and renew friendships. It's a chance for students to come together and the day could help them realise they are "one of many", she said.

Students aged five-to-20 took part from across the North Island and from the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Christchurch, Eichmann said.

The North Island students were enrolled in, or supported by, KDEC, she said.

Eichmann said around 100 of these students were enrolled in KDEC and attended eight schools across Auckland.

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Grace Moore broke the year 11-12, 100-metre sprint record with 14.44 seconds, beating the 2013 15.03 sec record by Sonya Anderson, Eichmann said.

"She smashed it."

Purvis said the kids had a wonderful day.

"They all left at the end of the day with big smiles on their face." 

Sports co-ordinators Daniel Greenwood and Nicki Morrison also helped organise the day.

 - Western Leader

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