The Deaflympics were set up separately as the paralympics were for the physically disabled. Deaf people would win all the medals as they are not physically disabled. The paralympics are for the physically disabled.
Yes, Hope the Irish Team do us proud!
Swimming, for certain. We always had a very strong presence in the swimming. World record holders. (Some actually swim and win medals in the standard Olymics)
Mary Ellen Synon...
With respect, I doubt if she would be in a position to give an informed opinion without meeting the IDSA (Irish Deaf Sports Association) and learning all she can about Sports and Deaf people.
Someone wrote an article about John Kealy, the Deaf swimmer, when he won 6 Gold medals at his first Games back in 1989, as a 16 year old, at the Games in New Zealand. He thought he was going to see a 'good swimmer' like an ordinary man is a 'good swimmer'. When he saw John swim, he was quickly disabused of that notion.
One would think... 'why not go for the standard games then?' Some DO. However, they will always be at a disadvantage in events where seconds count, such as athletics and swimming. This is one reason for the formation of the deaflympics by the IOC and the CISS. (CISS, the International Council of Sports and Deaf, and the IOC, International Olympic Council)
It's always funny, when people win medals for Ireland in the standard Games, or the Paralympcs, huge hoohaa in the media. The IDSA regularly send press releases to the media about the deaflympics, and not much interest is shown... and here is the thing... Irish Deaf people bring far more medals from the Deaflympics (Swimming, and occasionally football) than Irish hearing people do at the standard Games, (Mostly boxing and equestrian) or in the paralympics.
I'm doing my bit to let people know about the deaflympics.