Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Growing up deaf: sport, speaking and society

Deaf since she was just 14 months old, Ceara Toal, a sports assistant and lifeguard at the University of Leicester, spoke to us about what it’s like to live with deafness, the challenges of communicating with hearing people, and her views on how society could be better educated on hearing loss.

2018 Ceara Toal
Ceara, 29 years old from Whitwick in Leicestershire, has profound, unexplained deafness and is unable to hear most sounds – including people speaking or even a fire alarm. She was raised in a large, loving family and is one of six siblings (two of whom are also deaf). With the support of her family, she has learned to never let her deafness rule her life.

“We are a close family and all get on very well. I’m a doting Auntie to my four nieces. My family has always supported me and given me everything I need. They’ve always made sure my (lack of) hearing never affected me negatively and that I am treated equally and fairly in all aspects of my life.

Read more: https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk/articles/news/growing-up-deaf

Source: NRS Healthcare

Photo credit - NRS Healthcare

Young boxer Reece Cattermole wants to inspire the deaf community

By Mark Heath

2018 Reece Cattermole
Reece Cattermole is about to make his pro boxing debut.

When talented young boxer Reece Cattermole makes his pro debut later this weekend, he won’t just be fighting for himself – he wants to inspire a whole community.

Middleweight Cattermole has a degenerative hearing condition which means he’ll likely be totally deaf by the time he turns 40, but is determined to show that any obstacle can be overcome.

Read more: http://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/boxer-reece-cattermole-hopes-to-inspire-deaf-community-as-he-turns-pro-1-5518196

Source: East Anglian Daily Times

Photo credit - Sarah Lucy Brown

Announcement of USADSF Board change

USA Deaf Sports FederationThe USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Board reluctantly accepted the resignation of board member Jeffrey Salit, effective May 5, 2018. The Board expresses its deep gratitude to Mr. Salit for his seventeen years of dedicated, passionate service to USADSF in several capacities as Vice President of the National Sports Organizations (NSOs), Vice President of the Board, President, and as Team Leader for three Deaflympics. Mr. Salit was recognized with the President’s Award in 2013 for his outstanding performance and services to the Federation and also received the Art Kruger Award in 2015 for his leadership and continuous participation, support and contribution.

*Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - https://usdeafsports.org/news/announcement-of-usadsf-board-change/

Pride is a role model at Gallaudet

By David Driver

2018 Curtis Pride
Former major leaguer now in 10th season as coach for deaf team.

Curtis Pride stood in the third-base coaches’ box, giving pointers to Gallaudet University baserunner Yebi Areola in the last of the third inning in a recent college baseball game in northeast Washington.

A few pitches later Areola sprinted to home after a teammate hit an infield grounder against Keuka, a New York school. But Areola ran into the catcher, was called out and ejected by home plate umpire Roger Wolfe due to “malicious contact.”

Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/30/curtis-pride-role-model-gallaudet/

Source: Washington Times

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Wales beat old enemy England to be crowned world rugby champions

By Ben James

2018 Wales Deaf Rugby 7
The Wales Deaf team after winning the inaugural World Deaf Rugby Sevens in Australia.

Wales Deaf have been crowned world champions after winning the inaugural World Deaf Rugby Sevens title.

In their first major tournament in over a decade, Wales defeated England Deaf 21-15 in the final in Australia.

It means they now hold the sevens world crown as well as the 15-a-side version, which they won in 2002 after beating favourites New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

Read more: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-beat-old-enemy-england-14581342

Source: WalesOnline

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Delaware School for the Deaf student wins regional gymnastics championship

By Sean Greene

2018 Seth Wayland
Seth Wayland practices on the Pommel Horse at Olympiad Gymnastics in Newport

Seth Wayland is just like many kids; he turned an interest into an athletic pursuit which has brought him regional recognition.

Seth is also unlike many kids; he is legally deaf.

The 12-year-old Newark resident took a step toward his dreams of being a national team gymnast by winning the Level 6 Division 2 title for District 7, a region that includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, in Lincroft, New Jersey earlier this month.

Read more & view video: http://www.wdel.com/news/facebook/video-delaware-school-for-the-deaf-student-wins-regional-gymnastics/article_f780b766-438c-11e8-9013-07da5f3e369b.html

Source: WDEL

Photo credit - WDEL

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