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January 4, 2005

Singing the praises of sport and Deaflympics

From: Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - Jan 4, 2005

Matt Cunningham

THE Australian Youth Choir put in its final preparations yesterday before the opening ceremony of the Deaflympics.

While the athletes were doing their final training sessions for the Games, choir members were fine tuning their vocal cords before tomorrow night's opening ceremony at Olympic Park.

The choir will support headline acts, including David Campbell, Deborah Cheetham, Sophie Monk, Paulini and Guy Sebastian. The first events in the 2005 Deaflympics kick-off today with the men's football at Green Gully Reserve in Keilor Downs and Kingston Heath Reserve, Cheltenham from 5pm.

The event will go into full swing on Thursday when athletics, basketball, tennis and cycling begin.

The Deaflympics will run until January 16. The closing ceremony will be at Olympic Park.

More than 3650 athletes from 100 countries are in Melbourne to compete. Entry is free, except for Olympic Park and Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Tickets can be bought at the door or through Ticketek on 132 849.

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