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Australia men’s national deaf football player Chris Golding is in hospital

Australia men's national deaf football team at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games. Image credit: Deaf Football Australia
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Chris Golding, Australia national deaf football team. Image credit: Australia Deaf Sports Team

Australia men’s national deaf football player Chris Golding is currently in hospital getting surgery for a slipped disk.  According to Deaf Football Australia, he is expected to remain in hospital for six weeks, and then have six weeks of additional rehab at home.


Number 12 for Australia has been an important part of the team in the past year, and played with the team in October’s Asia Pacific Deaf Games in Taoyuan, Taiwan.  The left footed Golding started in several games, including the team’s 0 – 2 semifinal loss to Japan that saw the team play for fifth place against Malaysia, which they lost 1 – 2.  He also played for the team in a friendly game against North Korea in 2014 in Sydney, which his side won 4 – 1. Golding joined the squad in 2011, transitioning over from the non-deaf side of the sport to play with the national team. When he plays against non-deaf opponents, Golding uses hearing aids.

Golding lost his hearing as a child as a result of illness.  He is completely deaf in his left ear, and is partially deaf in his right ear.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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