Introduction and eligibility

The CDSA supports all deaf and hearing impaired Canadians in various stages of long-term development in the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. The CDSA has produced a LTAD model adapted to deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes (a French version will be available in fall 2017).

Our organization works in collaboration with national sports organizations for the selection of athletes, coaches and officials. The CDSA is responsible for sending national teams to different sports events recognized by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).

Participants in the Deaflympics, Pan American Deaf Games and various international competitions must be:

  • Deaf, with a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in the better ear (average frequency of 3 tones at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz, ISO 1969 Standard). An official ICSD audiogram is mandatory
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Have a valid passport
  • There is no age limit for competitors. However, age restrictions may apply for particular sports or events, as mentioned in the International Sports Federation regulations.

Sports recognized by the ICSD

More than 20 sports are recognized by the ICSD. The CDSA prioritizes the participation of its athletes and national team delegations in the following disciplines:


October – December 2017

January – March 2018

Summer Sports

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Freestyle Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Greco-Roman Wrestling
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Mountain Bike
  • Orienteering
  • Road Cycling
  • Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Winter Sports

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Snowboarding