Lauren Clancy is sports mad.
She’s represented New South Wales at a state level in more sports than most people play competitively in their lifetimes, she’s about to add netball to an already bulging list that includes swimming and women’s and mixed touch football too.
Oh, she’s played hockey in Orange for almost 15 years as well.
Born and bred in the colour city, Clancy heads to Albury this week for the Australian Deaf Games where she’ll be the only regional representative in NSW’s women’s and mixed sides.
She’s only been playing netball for four years, and Clancy said it’s a nice change from the plethora of other sports she’s dominated.
”It’s something different, I’ve played hockey for a long time,” she said.
“I still like hockey but if you hit the ball and get hit on the head it’s bad for cochlear implants.”
In netball, the problem of hitting hearing aids isn’t a problem, simple because Clancy doesn’t wear them, at any level.
She said that makes the games more difficult, needing to use visual clues and signing when communication with fellow teammates, while umpires use flags to make calls on decisions.
It makes it difficult in Orange, you’ve got to keep your eyes open, keep looking aroundLauren Clancy
At the Games everyone plays without audio cues, with hearing aids not permitted on the court, but in Orange Clancy is the only one without the sounds of the game, which makes it far more difficult.
“It makes it difficult in Orange, you’ve got to keep your eyes open, keep looking around,” she said.
Despite loving sport, Clancy is most excited for the social side of the tournament, where the ease of communication is “fantastic”.
The Australian Deaf Games start on January 20, with netball kicking off on January 21.