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DeafDigest Sports – August 9, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Is Cornhole a sport?

— professional billiards player

— departed senior college golfer

— a random rugby story

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf umpire in minor league baseball
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/legendary-deaf-umpire-in-baseball/

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Is Cornhole a sport?

Well, 1st annual American Deaf Cornhole National
Championships is taking place on September 29 -
Oct 1st at Huntley, IL.

Cornhole, any one?

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professional billiards player

Joe Swail, pro billiards, Northern Ireland

Despite nearing the age of 50, he is still
actively competing.  Has been elected to the
Northern Ireland Sporting Hall of Fame

According to wikipedia, his career winnings
is £1,247,48 which translates to
$1,622,851

a lot of money? Not really. He has been
playing professionally for 25 years,
and it sort of averages out to $65,000
per year – and do keep in mind these
great seasons and not so great seasons!

Over his career he has won a number of
championships.

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college deaf sports

Austin Peay – Amber Bosworth, SR, women’s golf

has used up her eligibility; did not take part
in the Deaflympics. She probably would not
have won the gold medal in women’s golf as
her average was only 82.0

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a random rugby story

from a British newspaper

England’s women’s deaf rugby team hopes to play in Australia

A woman is hoping to travel to the other side of the world next year to
represent her country at rugby.

England’s women’s deaf rugby team is trying to raise money to pay
their travel costs to Australia to play in the first world deaf rugby
sevens tournament.

The team was co-founded by Gina Iaquaniello, from Ayelands, New Ash Green,
in 2003 and she has been selected to represent England in the Australian
sevens tournament.

All the players have to raise £2,500 towards their trip which is April 22
to 26 next year.

Gina has made a start and has already raised the first few hundred pounds
but still has a long way to go.

Gina, 45, had an accident at work in 1999 which left her deaf but, having
played rugby for more than 25 years, she was not going to let it stop her
carrying on with her passion. She started playing for the England’s
women’s deaf team in 2012.

The England women’s deaf rugby team
Back then, the team was small but over the years it has grown in to a full
side of 15 players. Gina is the manager of the deaf men’s side as well
as the women’s, and she has also captained the women for the past three
years.

She said: “We have a really close bond in this team even though we are
from all different walks of life.

“The team is the only real time I socialise with other deaf people.

Gina Iaqaniello is hoping to represent her country in Australia
“We talk about funny deaf experiences together and communicate better
because we make it easier for each other to lip read.

“We also haven’t let our disability get the better of us. We just get
on with it.”

The team travelled to Yorkshire a few weeks ago for a practice sevens
tournament ahead of next year’s challenge.

Gina said: “I’m really excited for the trip to Australia, it’s an
amazing opportunity. I’ve never been there and I’m never going to get
another bite of the cherry.”

 

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