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New USADF board term announced

USA Deaf Sports FederationUSA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) held their Executive Board Meeting in Washington, DC, over the Veteran’s Holiday weekend, November 10 and 11, 2017. The election for the next term of President, Vice President and Secretary was conducted by the Governance Committee. The nominations for each position were provided in advance, and those nominations were shared by the NSO Representatives in a meeting with the NSOs and Ad Hocs prior to the Executive Board meeting. All members of the board voted, including the two NSO Representatives.

The President is Danny Lacey
The Vice President is Paige Thompson
The Secretary is Brianne Burger

The President and Secretary will serve 4 year-terms, while the Vice President will serve the remainder of the 2-year term left from the previous administration. Mark Apodaca continues as Treasurer and the Board Members are Tiffany Williams, Jeffrey Mansfield and Jeffrey Salit. The Board Members include the two NSO Representatives Liza Offreda and James DeStefano, who are elected by the NSOs in accordance with the bylaws.

President Lacey shared, “I am incredibly honored to lead USA Deaf Sports Federation into the next chapter of our storied legacy. As president, I will work with our board in supporting our athletes and coaches to raise our capabilities to send USA’s best and finest to compete. I believe that any successful team requires trust, collaboration and above all, teamwork. To attain the level of international prestige I know USADSF is capable of, we all must work together and I look forward to doing my part. Together we win.”

All inquiries can be directed to Brianne Burger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation -

How England Deaf whitewashed New Zealand

England Deaf Rugby Union'Phenomenal’ is how England Deaf head coach Sean Fletcher described his side’s achievement after beating New Zealand Deaf 3-0 in a landmark international series.

It is the first time any English side has beaten a New Zealand team 3-0 in a series and marks a huge step forward for England Deaf.

Founded in 2003 to give deaf and hard of hearing players the chance to play together and represent their country, the programme now has a men’s and women’s side and work to promote deaf rugby nationwide.

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Source: England Rugby

Help BC deaf women’s team on way to Canadian championship

By Rebecca Connop Price

2018 Canadian Deaf GamesA team of women curlers from BC will be taking part in the Canada Deaf Games in Winnipeg in February.

This is the first time in five years that BC is putting together a deaf women’s team for a Canadian championship.

The team is hoping to raise $2,000 for the trip to Winnipeg from February 21-24, 2018. They have set up a Go Fund Me page for the trip.

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Source: Curl BC

England Deaf Rugby complete clean sweep

UK Deaf Sport NewEngland Deaf Rugby squad complete a clean sweep over the New Zealand Deaf Blacks, in the first-ever international test series between the two nations. The home side, England beat New Zealand in three fiercely contested matches over two weeks.

On Saturday 4 November, England and New Zealand kicked off the opening test match at Blackheath Football Club in front of capacity crowd of around 1,100 people. Described as a thrilling encounter, England took the lead in the series with an impressive 36-27 win over the visitors.

On Wednesday 8 November, the series moved to Harlow Rugby Club where the two squads lined up for the second test. New Zealand dominated from the start, racking up two converted tries and a penalty in the first half. England left the field at halftime down 0-15, and it looked like an impossible task for them to turn the game around. After a few words in the dressing room, England were back out early with a point to prove.

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Source: UK Deaf Sport

Hearing issue can’t stop local martial arts athlete

By Tanna Yeoumans

BONNERS FERRY — All athletes strive to be their best at what they do. They utilize their senses and training to overcome obstacles in order to reach their targets. With everyone being different, each athlete has their own personal mountain to climb.

Ian Stone has been practicing martial arts most of his life, and upon moving to Boundary County, he was introduced to Bonners Ferry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and owner and coach Sam Brown. The hurdle that Stone needed to conquer in order to accomplish his ambition was a predicament he was born with — he is hearing impaired.

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Source: Bonners Ferry Herald

England Deaf Rugby takes 2-0 lead over New Zealand Deaf Rugby

England Deaf Rugby UnionThe tour now builds for the 3rd and final Test at Barking Rugby Club, Kick Off 3pm on Sunday 12th November.

The 2nd Test was another quality game, with a capacity crowd at the brand new Harlow Rugby Club.

From the start New Zealand dominated, racking up three tries, together with kicking a conversion and penalty, to no response from England, who had less domination in the Scrum, whilst the Kiwis this time competed well in the Lineouts.
The Deaf Blacks left the field at half time with 20 points to nil, which included the early loss to injury of the England Scrum Half and Vice Captain, Danny Rowland, and it looked an impossible task for England to turn the game around after such a poor performance.

However, whether it was words in the dressing room or just personal pride that fired up the team, suddenly England came out onto the field after less than 3 minutes break, they looked to be gagging at the bit for the restart, perhaps to the surprise of the Kiwis, England meant business.

In a spirited and thrilling second half performance, England really did take the game in both hands and started piling on the points, with the New Zealanders unable to respond with a score, England pulled back the game to trail 20-15 with two tries, a conversion, and a penalty, when suddenly the game seemed to go sideways for England, the Assistant Referee spotted foul play, and England Captain Luke Cheyne left the field for ten minutes in the sin bin, and England was reduced to 14 men for most of the last 15 minutes.

Southern Hemisphere hopes of a 2nd Test Win were raised, but despite the Leadership being absent from the field, the England players responded, the backs seemed to play with more fluidity, and with just minutes to go, England went over for a third try to equal the score, and the final conversion was kicked, and within the dying seconds of the game, managing to gain possession and hold on to secure the win.

The seemingly impossible task was completed, and England took the final whistle leading 22-20, a magnificent come back against all odds.

England are now Series Winners, leading 2-0, but the Deaf Blacks still plan to spoil the party and take the 3rd Test.

If the first two Tests are any indication, there's still a lot of good rugby to be played next Sunday afternoon.

Reprinted from England Rugby Deaf Facebook Page -


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