The Invisible Olympic Games Project

DEAFS (Deaf English Athletics Federation Staffordshire), with funding from The Heritage Fund, is thrilled to announce the start of “The Invisible Olympic Games Project”. The aim of the project is to collect and record British Participants memories of their experiences and history of The World Games for the Deaf and the Deaflympics.

Volunteer Opportunities

The invisible Olympic Games Project are looking. for anyone that would like to volunteer with this unique heritage project, if you are interested,  please get in touch with us.

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The invisible Olympic Games Project would like to create a lasting legacy for deaf sportspeople.  If you would like to support this legacy, please get in touch with us

What are The Deaflympics?

The Deaflympics are held every four years, and are the longest running multi-sport event excluding the Olympics themselves. The first games, held in Paris in 1924, were also the first ever international sporting event for athletes with a disability.

The event has been held every four years  since the first games in Paris, apart from a break for World War II. An additional event, the Deaflympic Winter Games, was added in 1949. The inaugural games, in Paris, consisted of a small gathering of 148 athletes from nine European countries competing in the International Silent Games. Over the years the games have become a global movement.

Officially from 1924 to 1965,, the games were originally called the “International Games for the Deaf” but were also also referred to as the “International Silent Games”. From 1966 to 1999 the games were called the “World Games for the Deaf”, Since 2001, the games have been known by their current name Deaflympics.


How can you get involved?

We are looking to interview:

  • Sports people who took part in the past World games for the Deaf or Deaflympics
  • Spectators/fans/supporters or family of previous World games for the Deaf or Deaflympics.
  • Anyone that was involved in previous World Games for the Deaf or Deaflympics.

We are also looking for:

  • Anyone that is interested in developing interviewing/filming skills.
  • Any volunteers deaf/hard of hearing/hearing with or without BSL skills.

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The Invisible Olympic Games Project is funded by The Heritage Fund

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