Youth Grants: Joshua’s Story

Each year, DCA Youth Grants are awarded to young deaf and hard of hearing people to achieve a specific project or goal. On 22nd July, DCA held the 2016 Youth Grants Presentation Night, where we presented grant recipients with their awards and heard about their experiences as young deaf and hard of hearing people and their projects undertaken with their Youth Grants. We look forward to sharing more 2016 Youth Grant stories with you soon!

Joshua on the tennis court

Nineteen year old DCA Youth Grant recipient Joshua recently spent a week in the United States representing Australia in the 2016 INAS Tennis World Championships. Joshua travelled to Delaware, USA to compete against teams from four other countries in singles and doubles matches, receiving silver and bronze medals for doubles and team play, as well as receiving a total ranking of 7th worldwide. Well done Joshua!

Joshua says, “I am grateful to those who selected me for the INAS World Tennis Championships and I want to thank Deaf Children Australia for helping me get there. Tennis is my number one passion, which I have been playing since I was six years old. I first represented Australia when I was 16 and it’s been amazing to have these opportunities. Recently I completed my Level 1 Tennis Coaching Certificate, being only the second disabled coach in Australia. All my life I have never let my disabilities hold me back from achieving my goals. I’m trying to show how other deaf and disabled athletes can achieve their sporting ambitions and represent their country after a lot of hard work and dedication.

“I would like to show other disabled people there are no limits if you work hard. Thank you for supporting my dream.”

A group of students and young people smile, holding gold star trophies in the air.

Our 2016 Youth Grant recipients with their star trophies

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