Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2016
Published: Jan 31st, 2016
In 2016, on Saturday November 12th, the fourth bi-annual award evening for Deaf Sports Personality of the Year (DSPY) will be hosted at Arsenal Emirates Stadium in London. This inspirational event is held every two years to recognise the achievements and dedication of deaf and hard of hearing athletes in the UK, and in 2016 it’s expected to be bigger and better than ever – but it needs your support!
Although it’s one of the biggest events in Deaf Community, there is still so much to do to give DSPY more recognition by sports organisations.
DSPY are looking for major sponsorship to support the awards, and there’s also a need to recruit some freelance workers to be involved in projects surrounding the event in November. These include filming sports events and helping to manage the awards on the day.
Read on to find out more about DSPY and how you can support this important event.
How Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Started
DSPY was formed in 2009. It was born from the inspiration of Richard Weinbaum who comes from Hertfordshire in third deaf generation family. Richard’s professional career is a Catia Design Engineer for Aerospace, but he had a light bulb moment one evening in 2008 after attending the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Liverpool. He decided to set up a similar event especially for deaf sportspeople.
Richard says: “We realised the deaf sports community have never had something like this to recognise deaf athletes for their club achievements and international levels. We got the ball rolling in 2009 and set up first ever DSPY Awards in November 2010 at Wembley Stadium where over 900 people attended.”
Richard is supported by Jackie Harrison, who is one of the DSPY coordinators. Jackie who works as a Benefits Officer for Civica comes from Hull, East Yorkshire, and enjoys watching sports such as football and rugby league. She also played a lot sports herself growing up.
Jackie adds: “The first DSPY Awards in 2010 was the best highlight of DSPY where over 900 people attended and had all sports under same roof, something we have not achieved in the past.”
A Bright Future for Deaf Sportspeople
Now in its 7th year, DSYP has come a long way since its beginnings, and has become very popular with the deaf community.
Richard says: “The benefits of having the awards to impact and recognise the individual, teams and organisations towards the community in sports. It is important for the young generation to look up to the role models. There is lack of deaf sports media for the deaf and hard of hearing community, hence we are trying to build up something from scratch”.
There’s also hope that Deaf Sports Personality of the Year has influenced lots of deaf people to take up sports and realise the benefits it can bring to people of all ages.
Richard explains: “I believe DSPY Awards has inspired more Deaf people taking up sports, especially middle age people as they got more involved with marathon running, swimming and other sports – something they wouldn’t dream of doing years ago. For young people, it gives them an opportunity to get involved more with their local deaf clubs’.
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