Craig Crowley

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Craig Andrew Crowley MBE FRSA (born in 1964) is the former president of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, who served between 2009 and 2013.[1]

Crowley served as Trustee of Signature (Accredited Body for British Sign Language Levels) and as National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf/Deafblind People (NRCPD).[citation needed]

Crowley was also previously Deputy Director of Action on Hearing Loss’s Care & Support Services and as Executive Director of European Union of the Deaf (EUD) in 2005.

Crowley is currently the Chief Executive of Deaf-led national charitable organisation, Action Deafness.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

As a profoundly deaf child of hearing parents, he was brought up in Northumberland.[citation needed] Crowley went on to co-found National Leadership Training Programme for both Deaf and Hearing young people in Sport in the 1980s.[citation needed] From his time with Friends for Young Deaf (FYD) he went to Bulmershe College of Higher Education (now part of Reading University) He was elected president of the student union.[citation needed] He was UK’s first Deaf President of a Student Union in any higher educational establishment. Crowley was founder of National Network of Deaf Students in 1987 and helped to organise first European Conference of Deaf Students at Reading University, July 1988.[citation needed]Crowley represented and gained in Club and international honours at Football and was a Deaflympian silver medallist for GB Deaf Football Team at 1985 Los Angeles Deaflympics (formerly World Games for the Deaf)[citation needed]. He also obtained teaching & coaching qualifications in Tennis, Cricket, Football and Mountaineering. He briefly coached England Deaf Football during the late 1990s.[citation needed]

Involvement in Deaflympics[edit]

Following the Rome 2001 Deaflympics, a number of Deaf organisations and National Deaf Sport Specific Organisations appointed Crowley as Chair of Deaf Sports Strategy Group in 2002.[citation needed] A year later, he and others decided to co-found UK Deaf Sport and was elected as first Chair.[citation needed] Under his leadership between 2003 and 2009, UK Deaf Sport (UKDS) duly achieved in ICSD & EDSO memberships. He also oversaw two successful GB Deaflympic Teams in 2005 and 2009[citation needed].

Crowley was first British citizen and Deaflympian to have been elected as President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) at the summer ICSD Congress, Taipei in 2009.[2]. Crowley staged the Sofia Deaflympic Games in July 2013. Crowley was replaced as President by Dr Valery Rekhledev of Russia in 2013, despite securing legacy and agreement for Winter Deaflympics 2015 and Summer Deaflympics 2017. Through his leadership ICSD was formally commended by International Olympic Committee in September 2013.

Crowley also participated in the key MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) agreement between World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and ICSD which was formally signed in July 2013.[3]. Crowley has since focused on Efficere Sports International[citation needed]

Other Work[edit]

Crowley divides his time as Chair of UK Council on Deafness advocating members’ issues concerned with deafness and hearing loss at All Party Parliamentary Group level. He is Trustee of Royal School for the Deaf Derby and is also the Honorary President of UK Deaf Sport[4][citation needed]


Crowley was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in June 2006 for his services to Deaf Sport.[5] He has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA) in November 2016.[citation needed]

Crowley was given the Signature Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2018 for his dedication to lifetime career in raising the profile and visibility of Deaf issues and Sign Language.[citation needed]

Crowley was also featured in BSL Zone’s “Life Stories” programme where he chronicled his journey from growing up in the North East to achieving the prestigious leadership role at Deaflympics


  1. ^ "Presidents". ICSD | Deaflympics. Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "42nd Congress Minutes - Taipei". International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.
  3. ^ "44th Congress Minutes - Sofia". ICSD | Deaflympics. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Craig Crowley becomes Honorary President of UK Deaf Sport". UK Deaf Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Thorpe/Ferguson head honours list". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2016.