Earlier today, Deaf Sports New Zealand announced that Hamilton has been chosen to host the 2016 edition of the New Zealand Deaf Games scheduled to take place in October of next year.
Sports on the program have not yet been announced, but options include athletics, golf, badminton, indoor bowls, table tennis, lawn bowls, squash, ten-pin bowling, eight-ball-pool, darts, basketball, netball, touch football, and indoor netball. Organizers can propose including new sports on the program if they are played in at least two club zones. The event is organized as an Inter-Zonal Championships.
The New Zealand Deaf Games have been held regularly since 1969, the first time the event was organized. Hamilton has hosted the Games twice before, in 1974 and in 1980.