I hope you all enjoyed the last National Deaf Championships weekend! I
did. I want to
say thanks to both Board and Committees members for doing their hard
work during the
weekend. Now we are looking forward to Ballarat next year. It was
snowing in Ballarat
recently hope we will have cold and snow there during Easter weekend!
Who knows! We
may find gold there as well! I was told, up to 30
bowlers and fans from Sydney already booked their accommodation
in Ballarat! I hope others from other states do the same about booking
accommodation, just remind you a lot of people go to Ballarat for the
and it may be hard to find accommodation there. One motel which is on
the list from
VDTBC is already booked out! I just booked the last family room in a
whew! I am looking forward to
spring and summer! I know the winter weather is not too bad for
Sydney but not good for Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne!
Regards, Bruce Shaw. President, NDTBA.
SYDNEY STARS DEAF TENPIN
Phew, what a big event
we had last National Deaf Championships. Now it is all over,
everyone has gone back home and we are now organising for 2016 in
We hope you all enjoyed the last Championships at Blacktown. I know many of you had a
wonderful time meeting the Argentina and New Zealand deaf
bowlers. This is the first time ever event that we have had a National
Championships like that. The Argentinean bowlers and fan all had a
wonderful time. We
have had American bowlers with us in Alice Springs before under NDTBA
but this time
was a special event. Argentina
Saturday: The day
they arrived in
Australia we took
them around the
harbour to visit the
Opera House and
Chair in the
Even though it was
raining it was still a lovely afternoon. 7 bowlers stayed at Bruce and
Odette’s house, the
other bowler and fan stayed at Michael Cullan’s home.
Sunday: Today we caught the Rivercat
from Parramatta to Darling Harbour. We visited
the Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium at Darling Harbour. The Argentineans
loved looking at all
the different Australian animals especially the koalas.
It was raining very hard so we had
lunch under the freeway at Darling Harbour. People were walking past us
staring at us eating pita bread and rolls filled with cold meats and
salad and eating fruit. Yummy.
After lunch we went to Centrepoint Tower.
Luckily the weather cleared up and there
were not too many clouds and we could see as far as the Blue Mountains.
Monday: We headed
off to the Blue
Mountains. We went
to Echo Point then
caught the Scenic
Skyway across the
valley. After that
Bruce came and
picked us up and we
had a lovely BBQ
lunch then we caught
the Scenic Railway down to the bottom of the valley. We walked the 1½
kms around on
the boardwalk and saw how the miners dug for coal in the mines and
looked at all the
different plants and trees. At the end we caught the glass cable car
back up to the top.
Tuesday: We headed off early to go to
Canberra. After a 3 hour drive we arrived
and toured the Parliament House. The
Argentineans have always been very
interested in Government buildings etc.
that is why Canberra was on the list of
tours. After a lovely lunch of chicken,
cold meats and salad we visited the War
Museum. There was so much to see and
we stayed for a special ceremony that
was held in memory of a soldier who
died in WW1.
After that we visited Black
Tower (Telstra Tower) it was very windy
and the wind almost blew us all away!! We couldn’t understand why there
were so many
people with cameras on tripods and when Odette asked them what they
were doing they
told us that it was the passing of the moon in front of the sun. On the
way home we kept
looking for it and finally saw it. Most of the Argentineans were asleep
by now but were
wide awake when we arrived home at 9.30 pm to
find a lovely meal of lasagne and potato bake
(cooked by Bruce and Odette’s daughter, Jara.) the
Argentineans like to eat their meals very, very late.
We remember when we were in Buenos Aires on
the last night of our stay, their Presentation Night
(at the Deaf Society) and we were all still eating
homemade pizzas at 2.30 in the morning!!!
Wednesday: The highlight of the trips was
the Bridgeclimb. We had lunch of pita breads
filled with meats and salad then everyone geared up and climbed to the
top of the
Harbour Bridge. It was a perfect day for a Bridgeclimb. Everyone was so
they came back down and couldn’t stop talking about the wonderful
The Welcome Night on
Thursday was enjoyed by many bowlers and visitors. I hope you all enjoyed
the Championships. I know the Sydney Stars Deaf Tenpin Bowling
bowlers did. For many of them it was their very first time to attend
and a lot of them will be there next year in Ballarat because they
enjoyed it so much. It
was a new experience for them. A big thank you to Allan
Quick who made our beautiful Tri
Nations cakes, many thanks Alan.
A huge thank you goes to
the Management and staff of
Blacktown AMF Tenpin Bowling Centre. They did a
wonderful job trying to please everyone. Thank you to
Blacktown AMF, Auslan Services, Nabs, NDTBA,
SADTBC, VDTBC and Gloria Jeans for their kind
donations. Without all of you we could not have made this possible. On Tuesday after the
Championships a BBQ was held at Bruce and Odette’s home for
the Argentineans, New Zealanders and also the Australian bowlers who
representing Australia in the Tri Nations in New Zealand. Everyone
after a big week and a half of National Deaf Championships tours and
Then it was off to New Zealand.
Zealand National Deaf Championships. Auckland was cold this
year but the bowling Centre was
even colder!! The results were
given out last newsletter. Hope
you all read it. We all enjoyed our
The Welcome Night and
Presentation Night were both held
at the Auckland Deaf Society.
Both nights were enjoyed by
everyone. The Argentineans stayed
an extra 5 days in New Zealand for tours. They arrived back in
Sydney on 3rd May, 2014, for one night before they went back to
Argentina. Bruce, Odette and Michael took them to Koala Park in Castle
Hill on the way
home from the airport. I wish you could have seen their faces when they
kangaroos. They sat there and didn’t want to leave. Also with the
koalas, patting them
and kissing them.
For me to watch their faces it gave me goose pimples to see them all
so excited. Everyone stayed at Bruce
and Odette’s house that night and we enjoyed talking about
the past 3 weeks and the great time they had here in Australia.
I am so glad they all had such a wonderful time and met all of you and
friends with many of you. I hope one day we can do the same for them
again or even for
another country to come here and enjoy our National Deaf Championships.
wonderful memories we can all share.
VALE: It is with sadness that we say
farewell to Nicolas Duczynski
from Argentina. Nicolas died suddenly from a heart attack in July,
2014. Many of you may remember him. He was a fan not a bowler
from Argentina. We are so grateful that he had a wonderful time when
he visited here for the National Deaf Championships. His lovely smile
and sense of humour will be sadly missed.
Gossip: *** Congratulations to
Michael and Mark Cullan’s father who just turned 90. Mr Cullan
had a small party with family and a few close friends. *** Congratulations to
Cody Moolenaar and his fiancée, Josie,
who were married in England earlier this year. We hope you
both have a wonderful life together here in Australia.
Love is definitely in the air at the moment!
Josie and Cody. *** Cathy Lees’ parents,
Margaret and Barry celebrated their
50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations to both of them. *** Sandra Sweeney had a
double hip operation. Sandra is
now up and about and doing very well. Not surprised if she
will run in the next Olympics !! She is now the bionic woman !!
Until next time, keep up
your strikes. Odette Shaw. S.S.D.T.B.C. Secretary/Treasurer.
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