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Southland Stags prop Morgan Mitchell overcomes the odds - with the help of a surgeon

By Logan Savory

Rugby SouthlandMorgan Mitchell was a shattered man last year but is now thriving in New Zealand provincial rugby ranks. Logan Savory outlines the deaf rugby player's inspirational story.

Morgan Mitchell remembers last year walking out of a meeting with his parents a broken man.

For him life couldn't get much worse. He was in a dark place and struggled to bring himself to talk to anyone.

Read more: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/provincial/96964619/southland-stags-prop-morgan-mitchell-overcomes-the-odds--with-the-help-of-a-surgeon

Source: Stuff

NEAC Friday Feature: Gallaudet University

GallaudetGANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Each week throughout the fall, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight one of our conference members and feature two of the institution’s standout student-athletes. The weekly series begins with an in-depth look at Gallaudet University where we meet student-athletes Darriyan Thomas and Jonathan Tikhonoff.

Read more: http://www.neacsports.com/news/Institutional_Features/GAL_Fall_Feature

Source: North Eastern Athletic Conference

The Deaf rugby player set to lead his country

England Deaf Rugby UnionAs a six-year-old learning how to play rugby at Barkers Butts RFC, Luke Cheyne looked up to numerous players who had gone from pulling on the yellow and blue shirt of the Coventry club to the white of England.

From Neil Back to Danny Grewcock and Tom Wood, Cheyne was inspired to join their ranks and lead his country. And now he will get the chance.

Read more: http://www.englandrugby.com/news/features/the-deaf-rugby-player-set-lead-his-country/

Source: England Rugby

Deaf Olympian Dean Barton-Smith takes on coaching role with Eastern Football League club Ferntree Gully

By Toby Prime

Ferntree Gully FCDEAN Barton-Smith is no stranger to breaking down barriers.

Twenty-five years since Barton-Smith, 49, became the first deaf Australian to compete at an Olympic Games, he is now inspiring the next generation of athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport.

The Kilsyth South resident wore a T-shirt at the 1992 Barcelona Games with the words: “Who says deaf people can’t do anything.” On the back it said: “Think again.”

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/localfooty/deaf-olympian-dean-bartonsmith-takes-on-coaching-role-with-eastern-football-league-club-ferntree-gully/news-story/290da84f3696601c3bc46f24e8439758

Source: Herald Sun

World Adventure Golf Masters and World Deaf Championships to be Played

2017 World Deaf Minigolf ChampionshipNin, Croatia – On September 11 and 12, 2017, the World Adventure Golf Masters 2017 (WAGM) and the World Deaf Championships (WDC) will be held at Zaton Holiday Resort. Both tournaments are sponsored by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and are two of the three largest events on the WMF calendar.

The WAGM is the largest international tournament to be played on the Minigolf Open Standard (MOS) style course. There are 104 participants in the various classes, representing 18 different countries including countries from Asia, Australia, North America, Africa and Europe. Players had two official practice days on September 9 and 10 as they prepared for the stroke-play competition. The competition will comprise of both individual and team events, both with 6 qualifying round and a finals rounds for the best individuals/teams to determine the champions.

Read more: http://www.minigolfnews.com/?id=13716

Source: Mini Golf News

Pontypool deaf go-kart racer, Caleb McDuff, 9, on track to success after scooping second year of sponsorship from housing firm

By Chris Binding

A TALENTED deaf go-kart racer from Torfaen is set to make his debut in a UK-wide contest after receiving another season of sponsorship from a housing firm.

This year, Caleb McDuff will compete for the first time in the MSA IAME British Cadet Championship - a class of the Super One Series for racers aged between eight and 13.

Read more: Read more: http://bit.ly/2vXWP4T

Source: South Wales Argus

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