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30

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DeafDigest Sports – July 30, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– a deaf personal trainer

– swimmer of year is deaf

– rugby in Washington, DC

– remembering a bad laugh

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– top deaf decathlete
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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A deaf personal trainer

newspaper story -

Deaf personal trainer wants to break down barriers he says are putting
disabled people off using gyms

Dean Chester, of Hounslow, says too many deaf people lack the confidence
to join a gym

Dean Chester wants to help more deaf people like him achieve their fitness
goals

A deaf personal trainer wants to break down barriers and help more people
like him join their local gym.

Dean Chester, of Hounslow , says hitting the gym transformed his life, not
just helping him get in shape, but building his confidence and opening the
path to a new career.

But the 25-year-old believes too many deaf people still lack the
confidence to sign up to the gym – something he is desperate to change.

“Many deaf people fall into the trap where they find themselves staying in
all the time, not confident enough to join a gym with hearing people,” he
said.

“I want to change that. I believe they’ll be more confident if they have
access to a deaf personal trainer, helping them to connect with the wider
community more.”

‘Gyms could do more to make deaf people feel comfortable’
Mr Chester, who was born deaf, works out at Xercise4Less, in Staines Road,
Hounslow, where he says staff have always been helpful and welcoming.

But he says other gyms could be doing more to attract deaf people, by
using body language, notes or, where possible, providing a deaf personal
trainer like him.

He was overweight and short on confidence when he joined the gym in 2012,
but describes it as the best decision he ever made.

Dean says being deaf has not hindered his work as a personal trainer
As well as shedding more than four stone, he found it bolstered his
flagging self-esteem, spurring him on to complete a degree in sport
development and coaching.

Mr Chester, whose first language is BSL (British Sign Language), says he
uses body language and demonstration more than verbal communication in his
day job, and has not found being deaf a drawback.

‘Anything is possible with the right mindset’
As well as training others, he has set up his own Facebook group, The Deaf
Gym, and YouTube channel, Deaf Fitness and Nutrition.

There he posts tips and uploads video tutorials which he hopes will help
make exercise more easily accessible to all deaf people.

“Joining the gym completely changed my life. It helped me to build up my
confidence and lose weight,” he said.

Dean’s love of the gym inspired him to complete a degree in sport
development and coaching

“Not only that, but it really opened up new doors for me, allowing me to
engage with the ‘hearing community’ so much more.

“I thought becoming a personal trainer would be the perfect opportunity to
put my degree to use, and prove to other deaf individuals that anything is
possible with the right mindset.”
editor’s note:

While this personal trainer is from Great Britain, DeafDigest Sports
editor knows of several past Gallaudet football players that
have become personal trainers. In fact, of them have boasted of
having several celebrity pro athletes as his clients.

The question DeafDigest Sports editor has – is it their full time
job that makes them comfortable income?

Answer – do not know!

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swimmer of year is deaf
Boys Swimmer of the Year: Callen Bruening

A Miner’s Calling: Bruening overcomes hearing impairment to excel in the
pool

El Diamante.s Callen Bruening is the 2016 Times-Delta/Advance-Register
All-Tulare County Boys Swimmer of the Year.

Bruening won four first-place medals at the Central Section Division II
meet.

Bruening became the first boys swimmer from a Visalia high school to
qualify for the CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships in May at Clovis
West High School.

full story at:
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/sports/2016/07/29/boys-swimmer-year-callen-bruening/87768496/

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rugby in Washington, DC

The Washington Post ran a story on rugby among
schools in Washington, DC.

The story, however, did not mention that
Model Secondary School for the Deaf fields the
nation’s only deaf high school rugby team. They
play against schools that have traditionally-strong
football programs and pretty much hold their
own in these contests.

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remembering a bad laugh

This is a true story. During the eighties,
a hearing wrestling coach was selected to
coach the USA Deaflympics wrestling team.

That hearing coach knew no signs, or made
any effort to learn signs.

One of the USA Deaflympics officers asked
the wrestling coach why he wouldn’t learn
signs. He laughed very hard, thinking it
was a joke.

This wrestling coach lost his Deaflympics
coaching job.

He is still coaching hearing wrestlers.

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DeafDigest Sports – July 29, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– a famous assistant women’s soccer coach

– a deaf catcher that was drafted last year

– accessibility at a NCAA-I big college

– a walk-on player at Nebraska

– past Gallaudet basketball player wins business honors

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– deaf coxswain on college crew (rowing) team
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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a famous assistant women’s soccer coach

long story, but bottom paragraph is this -

Joy Fawcett ended her career with two World Cup titles and two Olympics
gold medals, in addition to the silver medal in 2000 and a pair of
third-place finishes at the World Cup. She is currently an assistant coach
for the U.S. women.s deaf national team that won its second consecutive
Deaf World Cup earlier this year.

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college deaf athletes

Last season there was so much publicity over a deaf
catcher being drafted last year by Atlanta Braves -
Charles Smartt, who turned down a minor league offer
to play ball for Troy University, where his father
is a coach.

He was shifted to the infield after catching four
seasons in high school. With Troy, he played 57 of
his team’s 58 games, starting 54, as one of the team’s
core of starters. What about his batting average?
He only hit .241 (46 hits in 191 at bats). His power?
While he only hit one homer, he was one of the team
leaders in ribbies (32).

He has to wait until junior season to be eligible
for the draft. Will he be drafted again? We
shall see, again!

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Accessibility at a NCAA-I big college

University of Maryland has agreed to accommodate
deaf fans that watch Terrapins’ home contests.

Part of the agreement includes captioning of
all videos on the U of MD web site.

The university already has captions at two
campus athletic venues. Plus the Terrapins
youtube postings will also be captioned.

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Elite deaf athletes

Deaf race car driver overcomes obstacles; inspires the Midstate

YORK HAVEN, Pa. (WHTM) . Cars zooming around the track, flaggers directing
drivers, but all Chris Kennedy hears is silence as he makes his way around
the Susquehanna Speedway.

full story at:
http://abc27.com/2016/06/21/deaf-race-car-driver-overcomes-obstacles-inspires-the-midstate/

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a walk-on player at Nebraska

Todd Honas, a Remarkable Student Athlete with Hearing Loss, Wins Scholarship from EarQ and the NFLPA

Todd overcame hearing loss to graduate from Aurora High School this past
May. In addition to excelling academically, he played varsity football,
basketball and track. Todd is the current record holder for four state
football records, and plans to play football for the University of
Nebraska Lincoln as a preferred walk on athlete.

full story at:

http://www.busbyway.com/2016/07/25/todd-honas-a-remarkable-student-athlete-with-hearing-loss-wins-scholarship-from-earq-and-the-nflpa/

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past Gallaudet basketball player wins business honors

This story appeared below in today’s DeafDigest
Mid-Week edition:

The Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch
Competition in Mission Beach, CA, took place
this week. There were two winners; one of them
is deaf – Rasool Raheem, Deaf Man’s BBQ. His
reward is a chance to compete for $10,000 in
the national championship in Boston. Along
with the cash, he would get one year free
mentorship from business experts. He had
to sign ASL in two minutes to impress the
judges that his Deaf BBQ is the best.

 

 

Rasool played a season of Gallaudet basketball
during the early nineties. While he wasn’t
the team’s best player, he probably was the
best businessman among his teammates!

 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 28, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– back home from vacation

– dedication

– another deaf women’s soccer story

– participant at world track and field championships

– deaf champion in USA open tournament

– South Carolina state classification

 

 

Deaf Sports Collections update
– deaf owned bowling alley
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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vacation

DeafDigest Sports editor is back home from a
long vacation in Portugal.

He will try to catch up on Deaf Sports news
after he catches up on other chores.

Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest Sports editor

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Dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to
Ron Emerson, Houston, TX, that departed us.

He played for many years with Deaf Houston
basketball teams that played in SWAAD and
AAAD, before relocating to the
Washington, DC area. As a rookie in
AAAD tournament, he was one of the most
talked about newcomers.

He played basketball one season at Prairie
View A&M, and while he was rarely used by
the coach, he was a fan favorite. In a game
that was a blow out, the coach will would
not use him. It took a stadium-full screaming
by fans to force the coach to put Ron
into the game.

He grew up an oralist, knowing nothing
about ASL. It was basketball with deaf
Houston teams that exposed him to ASL,
a language he fully embraced for the
rest of his life! And in which it enhanced
his career at MSSD.

He was an assistant coach with the Gallaudet
men’s basketball team one season. He moved
back to Houston, after living in the
Washington, DC aree, working two full
time jobs at the same time – George
Washington University and at MSSD.

He is not in the Deaf Basketball hall of
fame. He should be.

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– another deaf women’s soccer story

Madriago helps U.S. team win Deaf World Cup

Being deaf, McCall Madriago often feels like a little bit of an outsider,
but on the USA women.s national deaf soccer team, Madriago was part of a
large family that claimed the World Cup.

full story at:
http://www.folsomtelegraph.com/article/7/27/16/madriago-helps-us-team-win-deaf-world-cup

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participant at deaf track and field world championships

3rd World Deaf Athletics Championships, Stara Zagora Bulgaria

George Vella represents Malta in the 42.2km race and places seventh.

full story at:
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/sports/othersports/68000/3rd_world_deaf_athletics_championships_stara_zagora_bulgaria#.V5nY4bgrLDc

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deaf champion in USA open tournament

South Dakota Native Shane Van Boening Wins Two US Open Pool Championships

Rapid City resident and professional pool player Shane Van Boening has won
both the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship.

As a child, Van Boening was diagnosed with severe hearing loss. Today he
uses hearing aids.

full story at:
http://listen.sdpb.org/post/south-dakota-native-shane-van-boening-wins-two-us-open-pool-championships#stream/0

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South Carolina state classification

1A (41 schools)

Region 1: Calhoun Falls, Dixie, High Point Academy*, McCormick, South
Carolina School for Deaf and Blind*, Tamassee-Salem*, Ware Shoals,
Whitmire.

the asterisk means South Carolina only plays 8-man football
and not 11-man football, but is still a state member in
football

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DeafDigest Sports – July 26-27, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

 

– vacation

– deaf golf tournament

– Gallaudet women’s volleyball academic honors

– another women’s soccer write up

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– Deaf basketball player in hearing Olympics
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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vacation

There were no DeafDigest Sports editions the past
several days.

DeafDigeste Sports editor is on a cruise vacation
where wi-fi connections have been either fair or
poor.

Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest Sports editor

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deaf golf

This week, there is a world deaf golf championships being held in
Copenhagen, Denmark.  See the website for results and news

 http://www.wdgc2016.com/

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WVB: Gallaudet women’s volleyball earns 10th consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – An astounding tenth straight American Volleyball
Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award was bestowed to the
Gallaudet University’s women’s volleyball program today. GU is one of
140 NCAA Division III women’s team recipients for the 2015-16 season.

Gallaudet won a sixth straight North Eastern Athletic Conference
(NEAC) championship last year and earned a sixth consecutive trip to
the NCAA Division III tournament. The Bison traveled to Galloway,
N.J., and lost to the host Stockton University in the first round of
the tournament. GU finished with a 23-13 overall record and tallied a
10-2 conference mark. GU was 13-1 in neutral matches last season. The
NCAA appearance was the seventh under the direction of head coach
Lynn Ray Boren.

GU is the only NEAC program to earn this honor for the 2015-16
season. GU was one of only 17 Division III women’s programs to reach
its Dig Pink fundraising goal this year.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, which was initiated in the 1992-93
academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams
that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by
maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale or a
4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA set a new team record with 762 teams honored in 2015-16,
that surpasses last year’s mark of 757. The AVCA Team Academic Award
has become one of the AVCA’s fastest growing awards programs, seeing
an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years.
Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased
every single year but one, while amassing a 475 team increase over
the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the
amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number
of 762.

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s
24-year history, with exactly 7,640 awards been given out in total.
Only two institutions, both high schools, have earned the distinction
all 24 years: Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Arkansas) and Ross S.
Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas).

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women’s soccer

Maiwald, Wheeler win Deaf World Cup gold

Meghan Maiwald and Danielle Wheeler have a few things in common, both
desired and undesired.

Maiwald is a 2008 graduate of Leigh High School, while Wheeler is going
into her senior year as a Longhorn. Both soccer players have had to deal
with ACL injuries over their years on the pitch. Most importantly, though,
both players possess gold medals after the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team
won the 2016 World Deaf Football Championships earlier this summer in
Italy.

full story at:
http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_30172647/san-jose-los-gatos-saratoga-campbell-cupertino-sunnyvale

 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 20-25, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– vacation

– women’s soccer

– women’s beach volleyball

– British Channel swimming

– Gallaudet at women’s volleyball

– Gallaudet cross country

– Gallaudet sports information director named to important post

– big honor for Alabama

 

Deaf Sports Collections update
– unusual deaf football results vs same hearing school
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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vacation

There were no DeafDigest Sports editions the past
several days.

DeafDigeste Sports editor is on a cruise vacation
where wi-fi connections have been either fair or
poor.

Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest Sports editor

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women’s soccer

Gracie Fitzgerald was a defender on the U.S. Deaf Soccer team and earned a
goal medal in the Deaf World Cup. She didn.t just make the team as one of
the youngest players. She was named to the tournament.s Best 11, which is
equivalent to the all-tournament first team, and she was the only player to
start every game and play all 540 minutes for the U.S. in Italy. Fantastic!

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women’s beach volleyball

Lithuania crowned as champions of World Deaf Beach Volleyball Championship

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swimming – British Channel

Get Inspired: Andrew Rees becomes first deaf man to swim English Channel solo

Andrew Rees has become the first deaf man to swim the English Channel
solo.

The Welshman, 48, who represented Great Britain’s deaf swimming team in
the 1990s, completed the crossing shortly before midnight on Sunday.

full story at:
http://www.bbc.com/sport/get-inspired/36826128

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Gallaudet’s Boren leads Team USA to gold at 2016 World Deaf and PanAm Volleyball Championships

WASHINGTON – The United States of America women’s deaf volleyball
team captured its first gold medal at the World Deaf Championships
here Friday night in the Field House. Team USA defeated Ukraine in
straight sets, 25-19, 25-11, 25-21, to win the 2016 World Deaf
Championships hosted by Gallaudet University.

full story at:
http://gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2016-17/releases/teamusagold
NOTE: The U.S. Deaf Men’s Volleyball Team finished fifth overall at
the 2016 World Deaf Championships and second at the PanAm Deaf
Volleyball Regional Qualifier. This was the program’s first
appearance in the World Championships.

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Gallaudet cross country

XC: Gallaudet men’s and women’s cross country 2016 schedules released
WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s and women’s cross country
program has officially released its 2016 fall schedule as announced
by head coach Byron Moore.

full story at:
http://gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wxc/2016-17/releases/fallschedule16

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MB: Gallaudet Assistant AD Sam Atkinson appointed to NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee

INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University Assistant Athletic Director for
Communications Sam Atkinson has been selected to serve as a member of
the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee, where he will help
coordinate and oversee all aspects of the Division III Men’s
Basketball Championship.

full story at:
http://gallaudetathletics.com/news/2016-17/atkinson-ncaacommittee

editor’s note:
if Gallaudet men’s basketball team qualifies for the NCAA
then Sam has to recuse himself from all Gallaudet discussions
behind closed doors.

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Alabama deaf

76 High Schools set to be recognized at AHSAA’s Sportsmanship …

Those with six years being fine and ejection-free are Alabama School for
the Deaf

editor’s note:
that means for the past six years, no one from Alabama Deaf have
been thrown out of game for fighting!

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DeafDigest Sports – July 17-19, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– vacation

– Toler, women’s soccer

– a common complaint – USA and Australia

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– Deaf diver, Olympics
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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vacation

There were no DeafDigest Sports editions the past
two days.

DeafDigest Sports editor is on vacation and it is
not easy to keep up with deaf sports updates – but
he is trying his best.

Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest Sports editor

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Women’s soccer

Montgomery soccer Olympian helps clinch Deaf World Cu

When Becca Toler left the United States in June, it was to represent her
country in the U.S. Deaf Women’s Soccer Olympic World Cup.

She and her teammates clinched the championship once again and they left
Italy with another undefeated finish in the World Deaf Football
Championships.

Sweeping Russia in the final game, 3-0, Toler, a former assistant soccer
coach at Huntingdon College, helped her team defended their Cup from 2012.
That year, Russia was their toughest competition. This year just proved
how much she and her teammates had improved their game, Toler said.

“The last game against Russia was tense, we previously beat them earlier
on in the tournament 4-1. So we were feeling confident,” Toler said. “With
Russia we never let our guard down. We always know we have to win it,
nothing is going to be given to us.”

When the first goal in that game was scored off the corner in the final
game by her teammate, Emily Cressy, Toler was “pumped and excited.” She
knew they could go all the way. The final countdown was a moment she
wished she could capture forever.

“It was so unreal that we stayed undefeated once again!” Toler added. “It
was a breathtaking moment jumping up and down surrounded with my teammates
cheering that we won!

Deaf, 25-year-old Toler and her teammates are using their platform as
champions to bring awareness to the deaf community. They got the attention
of soccer celebrity and goal keeper, Hope Solo and the other members of
the U.S. women’s national team. They sent them several messages of support
in sign language over Twitter.

Toler and her girls returned the gesture with each one signing “Thank
you,” back to Solo.

The U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team, part of the nonprofit USA Deaf
Soccer, is coached by head coach Amy Griffin and assistant coach Joy
Fawcett. Both played on the U.S. national team with Mia Hamm when they
became World Cup Champions in 1991.

Toler, a goalkeeper, joined the team in 2011. A year later, the team won
their fifth world title . Toler’s first. Playing on the world stage in
Turkey they faced Russia and edged out a 1-0 victory. To repeat that is
unbelievable, Toler said.

“There have been many wins in my soccer career, but when you win for your
country, wearing red, white and blue, the taste of victory is all the more
special,” she said.

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Australia

Comment: “I’m proud to be a deaf athelete … I just wish we had financial support.”

Sam Cartledge is one of Australia’s top athletes: he also happens to be
deaf. The champion basketballer reveals just how hard it is to make in
Australia as a deaf athlete.

full story at:
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/07/05/comment-im-proud-be-deaf-athelete-i-just-wish-we-had-financial-support

editor’s note:

sounds familiar in USA! One former member of the USA
Deaflympics committee complained that during these
board meetings, discussion always focus on fund
raising, fund raising and fund raising. He got
so tired of it and got out!

 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 16, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 
– Australian golfer

– Blind deaf athlete Kevin Frost taking on golf

– SSDeaf needs largesse for team to Deaf Games

– Minnesota sports

– Tee Shepard

– volleyball, college player on USA team

– soccer, high school coach on USA team

– Mississippi sports

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– Boxing world championship contender
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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Australian golf

AN impressive recent run of form has put Paul Bourke on course to feature
in the biggest tournament of his career.

The 51-year-old Alfredton resident received the call-up to represent
Australia in the senior division of the World Deaf Golf Championships in
Copenhagen after claiming the men.s A-grade nett title at the Victorian
Deaf Golf Championships.

The Ballarat Golf Club member also featured at the Australian
championships, held in Adelaide earlier in the year. He managed to get
his handicap down to seven, and will playing off a mark of a mark of 7.4
in Denmark.

While Bourke usually wears a heading aid, he is not allowed to use any
form of hearing device when playing in the tournament.

Bourke said while the inability to hear does not impede his golfing
ability, it does make communication around the course more difficult.

.I can.t hear people but I can watch my opponents,. Bourke said. .The aim
is to win the team seniors against the other countries and bring home the
trophy, but also have fun..

The competition will feature 107 players from 18 different countries, with
nine Australians expected to take to the course. He will have to beat 29
players over 50 in order to bring home the senior.s trophy.

The trip to Denmark will be Bourke.s first trip overseas. He narrowly
missed out on wearing the green and gold at the last two championships in
Japan and the USA due to injury.

He has also been a formidable force in local golf in recent years.
Coached by Ballarat Golf Club pro Andrew Cartledge, Bourke has taken out
the Lexton club championship as well as winning the Victorian deaf golf
championship on four occasions.

The Ballarat golfer has also represented Victoria at the Australian Deaf
Games.

Players will arrive at Copenhagen.s Royal Golf Club on July 22, with the
first round to start on July 26 before concluding July 29.

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Blind deaf athlete Kevin Frost taking on golf

SPORTS. Orléans blind, deaf athlete Kevin Frost is taking a swing at a new
sport. Frost, who is a champion in both speed skating and tandem cycling,
has been invited to compete at the Ontario Vision Impaired Golfers (OVIG)
provincial championship from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14.

full story at:
http://www.orleansstar.ca/Sports/Golf/2016-07-14/article-4588192/Blind-deaf-athlete-Kevin-Frost-taking-on-golf/1

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SSDeaf needs largesse for team to Deaf Games

KUCHING: The Sarawak Deaf Sports Association (SSDeaf) is looking for
sponsorship to aid the preparation of athletes for the 19th Sukan Orang
Pekak Malaysia (Sopma XIX), in the city from Sept 30 till Oct 7.

full story at:
http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/07/16/ssdeaf-needs-largesse-for-team-to-deaf-games/

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Minnesota sports

part of newspaper story

Perhaps the exception is at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf,
where longtime athletic director Davey Olson.s position was cut due to
budget shortfalls. The position is now intended to be part-time, which
will be a tall task . it already was when Olson was running things . with
all the scheduling considerations that the MSAD teams require with
multiple out-of-state trips for competition.

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Tee Shepard

Is former Notre Dame CB Tee Shepard a hidden supplemental FA gem?

In 2012, Notre Dame reeled in a recruiting class which included Ronnie
Stanley, Sheldon Day, C.J. Prosise, Kei.Varae Russell and current Cowboy
Chris Brown. In addition to these players, there were players whom were
more celebrated, but ended up being busts. Among those were five-star QB
Gunner Kiel, four-star ATH Davonte. Neal and four-star CB Tee Shepard.

full story at:
http://cowboyswire.usatoday.com/2016/07/15/is-former-notre-dame-cb-tee-shepard-a-hidden-supplemental-fa-gem/

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volleyball

EMU’s Taylor, Team USA finish fifth at World Deaf Volleyball Championships

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHSV) — On the final day of the World Deaf Volleyball
Championships in Washington, D.C., Eastern Mennonite’s Hunter Taylor
helped the United States earn fifth place in the eight-team competition.

full story at:
http://www.whsv.com/content/sports/EMUs-Taylor-Team-USA-finish-fifth-at-World-Deaf-Volleyball-Championships-387050011.html

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soccer

Local soccer coach plays in Deaf World Cup

Michael Schmid, a defender on the United States Deaf Soccer team, joins
WKYC at 7 p.m. to talk about the experience.

full story at:
http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/local-soccer-coach-plays-in-deaf-world-cup/274628308

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Mississippi sports

World-renowned bodybuilder to pose at local fundraiser

Gordon Weir knows there are several essentials that come with an athletics
program experience: uniforms, a big pre-game dinner, and MVP awards at the
end of a season.

full story at:

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/entertainment/2016/07/15/world-renowned-bodybuilder-pose-local-fundraiser/87151592/

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DeafDigest Sports – July 15, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 
– change of athletic directors

– women’s volleyball

– women’s soccer

– deaf rugby player

– Tee Shepard

– DeafSports Trivia

 

Deaf Sports Collections update
– Olympics, Boxing, deaf gold medal champion

http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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change of athletic directors

Scott Cohen is no longer the athletic director at Atlanta
Area School for the Deaf.

Replacing him is Katie Davis.

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women’s volleyball

VOLLEYBALL: Ex-Lady Cat Kohl in World Deaf finals

Central grad Kohl in World Deaf finals

Team USA, featuring former Central High School standout Jordan Kohl,
advanced to the finals of the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships at
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The U.S. squad remained undefeated after knocking off Japan in Thursday’s
semifinals.

Team USA will face Ukraine in Friday’s championship match. Ukraine
defeated Russia in Thursday’s other semifinal.

Kohl, a 6-foot-3 right-side hitter, will be a junior on the Texas State
University team this coming fall.

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women’s soccer

Golden Girl: Floyd Central’s Gracie Fitzgerald surprises all but herself

Highlanders senior, Centre College commit stars in gold-medal run with
U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team

A reserved 17-year-old senior-to-be at Floyd Central High School, Gracie
is a three-sport student-athlete with coursework fitting for a college
student during the school year.

full story at:
http://usatodayhss.com/2016/golden-girl-floyd-centrals-gracie-fitzgerald-surprises-all-but-herself

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deaf rugby player

Deaf freshman accepted to first Waseda University rugby club (Japan)

The first Deaf freshman, Kishino Kaede, 18, joined Wasoeda University, one
of the strong contestants of Kanto Region University Rugby Match A Group,
since foundation in 1918. He graduated from the Gifu School for the Deaf.

He was an excellent player who appeared on “U-18 combined team eastern and
western match” for two years as a selected member from the team of a small
number of players which has no chances to play at a national tournament
during his high school days.

Kishino got over severe new face practice for about two weeks for the
Waseda University Rugby Club and this April, and became a member of the
traditional club.

His goal is to contribute to win as one of the best universities
nationwide.

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Tee Shepard not selected in supplemental draft
No players eligible in supplemental draft selected

Teams pass on six eligible supplemental draft players

None of the six players eligible for Thursday’s NFL supplemental draft was
selected, the league announced.

Defensive linemen Ra’Zahn Howard of Purdue and Cameron Walton of Concordia
(Alabama), which shut down its program last year; running back Jalen
Overstreet of Sam Houston State; defensive back Tee Shepard of Ole Miss;
wide receiver Rashaun Simonise of Calgary, Alberta; and long-snapper Eddie
D’Antuono of Virginia Tech were the eligible players.

Any team selecting one of these players would have forfeited a matching
pick in the 2017 regular draft. The unsigned players are now free agents.

This is the third time in four years that no players were taken in the
supplemental draft.

After the draft, the Houston Texans signed Howard. The Cincinnati Bengals
also signed Simonise.

editor’s note:

Shepard, not only was not drafted but not signed as a free agent. This
is not good news for him. Maybe he will set his sights towards
Canadian Football Leeague and Arena Football next season.

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DeafSports Trivia:

Q. Tee Shepard (see above story) is a defensive back. Does it
mean deaf defensive backs cannot make it in pro football?

A. Look at Gallaudet’s Tony Tatum. When his Gallaudet football
career ended, he played parts of two seasons as defensive back
in Arena Football League. Injuries cut short his promising
career.

 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 14, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– deaf table tennis championship

– a soccer picture

– Hunter Taylor, volleyball

– deaf baseball player at Texas A&M

 
Deaf Sports Collections update
– Deaf soccer goalie in dangerous situation
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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table tennis

Shiney to represent India

Ahmedabad’s Shiney, 19, has been picked for the Third World Deaf Table
Tennis Championship to be held in Samsun, Turkey on July 18-24. The St
Xavier’s College student has been a consistent performer at the national
level since 2013.
full story at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/-Gujarat-paddlers-Shiney-Manush-to-represent-India/articleshow/53197163.cms?
editor’s note:

There is no serious Deaf table tennis competition in
USA. In the 1965 Deaflympics, table tennis competition
took place – and while we had American participants
(mostly Gallaudet students), they were blown out
early in the elimination rounds.

Competitive table tennis is much different from
recreational table tennis.

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a soccer picture

not telling you what it is. Just go to:

http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-soccer-player/

A picture is worth 1,000 words.

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Hunter Taylor, volleyball

VOLLEYBALL:
Patrick Henry graduate Hunter Taylor and the U.S. Men.s Deaf Volleyball
Team claimed the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Washington,
D.C., clinching a berth to the 2017 Deaflympics in the process.

The U.S., in a rematch of a five-set marathon win over Brazil in the
qualifying round, fell in three sets in the gold medal game 15-25, 19-25,
16-25. Taylor was seventh overall in the tournament statistically both in
blocks, averaging 0.36 blocks per set, and spikes, with a 36.36 percent
success rate, all in 14 sets played.

Taylor and the Americans continued play this week in the World Deaf
Volleyball Championships, also in the nation.s capital. The team is 2-2
after four of six pool play matches. The gold medal and bronze medal
matches are scheduled for Friday at Gallaudet University.

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college deaf athletes

Texas A&M – Cason Sherrod, so, baseball

his profile is at:

http://www.12thman.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3672&path=baseball

he is a reliever; pitched 16 games for a total of 18 innings,
with a 4.50 ERA (team played 65 games)

an interesting piece of stats was that he hit 5 batters by
pitch, most among all pitchers on the team!

Another important piece of stats was that he saved one game

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DeafDigest Sports – July 13, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

 

– diary, USA men’s soccer playrr

– deaf British rugby union star

– volleyball tweet

– deaf-blind swimmer

– Tee Shepard hoping to be picked

– suspension lifted in Kuwait

 

Deaf Sports Collections update
– Wrestling, twin college head coaches
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/deaf-sports-collections/

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men’s soccer

Michael Schmid.s diary for the 2016 Deaf World Cup, part three

Well, let.s start with the quarterfinal appearance against powerhouse
Germany. I know I gave a few brief details in the last blogs about the
knockout rounds, but I wanted to give them fair treatment.

full story at:
http://www.morningjournal.com/article/MJ/20160712/SPORTS/160719842

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British rugby

Rugby ace & Strictly Come Dancing.s Ben Cohen reveals he.s DEAF in both ears!

Rugby ace and former Strictly Come Dancing star, Ben Cohen has revealed
the surprising news that he is actually deaf in both ears.

Furthermore, Ben was previously an England Rugby Union player. He played
rugby from 1996 right through to May 2011 where he announced that he was
retiring from the sport.

Speaking with OK! Magazine recently, Ben revealed: .I.m completely deaf in
both ears. I have to lip-read so I miss a lot unless I.m looking straight
at the person..

full story at:
http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/showbiz/rugby-ace-strictly-come-dancings-ben-cohen-reveals-hes-deaf-ears/
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women’s volleyball

a tweet

Congrats @USA_DeafVB women’s team on a straight set win over
#Ukraine in 2016 #Deaf World Championships. Go #USA!

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F&M swimmer Becca Meyers makes U.S. Paralympic team

F&M rising senior Becca Meyers will compete for Team USA at the 2016
Summer Paralympic Games this September in Rio de Janeiro.

full story at:
http://lancasteronline.com/sports/swimming/franklinandmarshall/f-m-swimmer-becca-meyers-makes-u-s-paralympic-team/article_6b940438-4857-11e6-be5d-9fa76f2cc54c.html

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Tee Shepard hoping to be picked

Tee Shepard, Defensive Back, Miami (OH)

Who is he: Tee Shepard is a well traveled defensive back who, at one time,
was considered one of the best defensive backs in the country. Shepard was the
top cornerback in his recruiting class when he signed with Notre Dame, but
quickly wanted off the team. He spent some time at Junior College before
going to Ole Miss. He missed time to start his career at Ole Miss due to
some injuries and then got minimal time in 2015 before he decided to leave
the team. Shepard made the decision to leave because he is afflicted with
90% hearing loss and has been dealing with it for a very long time. Though
he had only just started wearing hearing aids, he was still having issues
with the coaching staff and he felt unwelcome in the locker room,
prompting his exit. Shepard was initially planning on playing for Miami
(OH), but has made the decision to enter the draft instead.

Is he worth a pick: I would not spend a pick on Shepard. Though I feel for
his situation, the truth is that he just has not played very much football
at a high level. The last time he really saw the field was in Junior
College back in 2013 and he has been dealing with injuries since then.
This is a truly sad direction for a once promising career, especially
considering that everyone has only said great things about Shepard’s
character. Hopefully he finds a job in football, on the field or not,
because he deserves one, but it would be impossible to rationalize
spending a draft pick on him.

editor’s note:
interesting to see him listed as affiliated with Miami (OH). He
has never played a snap with Miami, and never will. He transferred
to Miami for his final season of eligibility, but had second
thoughts and declared for the draft. It is not a good decision
he is making.

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KUWAIT . The Kuwaiti Sports Club for the Deaf announced on Tuesday the
lifting of the suspension imposed by the Asia-Pacific Deaf Sports
Confederation (APDSC).

This suspension was the result of the deaf sports club not
paying dues and fees, incurred way back in 2008!

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