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Newcastle plays host to first Australian Deaf Games since pandemic

Simon McCarthy
Updated January 14 2024 - 9:51pm, first published 6:00pm
Beach volleyball was added to the Australian Deaf Games roster around 2012. Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are hosting the first Games to return since the COVID pandemic this week. Picture by Peter Lorimer
Beach volleyball was added to the Australian Deaf Games roster around 2012. Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are hosting the first Games to return since the COVID pandemic this week. Picture by Peter Lorimer

Tony Raynor - the man who brought beach volleyball to the Australian Deaf Games - had not been in the Hunter long enough to put his feet in the waters of Lake Macquarie, but he had already fallen for the place and the people.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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