The Melbourne 2005 20th Summer Deaflympics logo was created to represent the global Deaf community and act as symbol of communication and goodwill. The logo's modern design reflects Melbourne's architecture, vibrant culture and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The colours represent Australia's blue sky and sea, yellow sun and sand, ochre colours of the outback and Melbourne's green gardens. The red colour is about celebration.
Melbourne, Australia, the home of major sports events, such as the 1956 Olympics and the annual Australian Open Tennis Championships, was the host of the 20th Summer Deaflympics in January, 2005.
Beach Volleyball is now recognized as a new summer discipline in the Deaflympic sports competition.
Tamara Foronda of United States received a $5000 Fair Play Award from Widex.
Location: Melbourne Australia (AUS) Opening Date: 5 Jan 2005 Closing Date: 16 Jan 2005 Nations: 63 Athletes: 2038 Men: 1402 Women: 636 First Time Athletes: 1088 Returning Athletes: 950 Sports: 14 Disciplines: 17 Events: 147 Logo designer:The Watson Group Australia