DeafDigest Sports – July 30, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:



– a deaf personal trainer

– swimmer of year is deaf

– rugby in Washington, DC

– remembering a bad laugh

Deaf Sports Collections update
– top deaf decathlete


A deaf personal trainer

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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

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

“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!


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

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

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

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.

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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.


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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