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Terence Parkin Honored As Brand Ambassador For Deaf & Blind

Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South AfricaParkin, a swimmer, was born deaf, but has never let that stand in the way of his goals. This is exemplified by the fact that he is currently the most decorated Deaflympic athlete in the world. He has won 33 Deaflympic medals and brought home a silver medal for SA in the 2000 Summer Olympics. As an Ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Parkin travels across the world, giving talks at various events on issues such as water safety and coaching children on how to swim to prevent drowning fatalities, something which is personally meaningful to him given that in 2011 he saved a seven year old boy from drowning by rescuing him and resuscitating him. Parkin’s talent, energy and drive are helping to raise awareness about the issues around water safety in marginalised communities across the globe. He recently represented the Foundation at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey and met with Deaflympic officials. He has also been invited to speak on behalf of the Foundation in a number of countries including Pakistan, Russia, Australia, China and the Philippines.

Read more: http://www.indianspice.co.za/2017/10/terence-parkin-honored-as-brand-ambassador-for-deaf-blind/

Source: IndianSpice

Deaf Games prompt hundreds to sign up for Auslan courses in 'deaf friendly' cities

By Erin Somerville

2018 Deaf Australian GamesIn their desire to make participants in next year's Australian Deaf Games feel as welcome as possible, hundreds of residents of host cities Albury and Wodonga are learning sign language.

The demand is so high for classes in Auslan — short for Australian sign language — that many people have been put on waiting lists.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-13/australian-deaf-games-2018/9046852

Source: ABC News

Deaf sports federation inaugurates committees for administrative efficiency

Nigeria FlagThe Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) has inaugurated four committees to enhance efficiency in its administration of the sport and place it on the national, continental and internal map.

The federation’s President, Alhaji Usman Nahuche, who inaugurated the committees during the board’s inaugural meeting in Abuja, noted that the federation would support the committees to achieve the desired goals.

Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/deaf-sports-federation-inaugurates-committees-administrative-efficiency/

Source: Vanguard

The forgotten athletes

By Abigail Gorman

British Deaf NewsThe doors close in the stadium. The bleachers are empty. The flags that proudly flew in the winds are taken down. The last of the confetti is being swept away. The culmination of years of training by some of our finest athletes took place in this stadium, and now… the 2017 Samsun Deaflympics are over.

We sent 5 teams to compete in the following categories: athletics, football, golf, tennis and swimming.

Read more: https://www.britishdeafnews.co.uk/the-forgotten-athletes/

Source: British Deaf News

Board appoints two new board members

The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Executive Board has appointed two new board members, Tiffany Williams and Jeffrey Mansfield. Their terms start effective immediately for a term of 2 years, as per USADSF’s bylaws. The board anticipates that each individual’s skills and experience will be an asset to the organization and the board looks forward to working with both.

Their bios are below:

2017 USADSF Board T WilliamsTiffany S Williams is managing partner and co-founder of WoBold Sports, LLC, a sports consultancy firm specializing in empowerment and leadership for girls and women of all abilities.

Tiffany has over 20 years’ experience as multi-sport athlete, sports administrator nationally and globally. She oversaw three Deaflympics and many World Championships during her tenure as CEO of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), the highest governing body of deaf sports.

As an athlete, Tiffany won gold in the 4×400 relay and competed in the heptathlon in the Deaflympics for the USA Deaf Track and Field team (USADTF). She also served on the USADTF executive board of directors.

Tiffany worked as an intern for the Olympic Games Department at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assisting in preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Tiffany earned a Masters of Advance Studies in Sports Administration and Technology degree from the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She has conducted leadership, empowerment and gender equity seminars for deaf women in sport all over the world. She is passionate in her work as game changer for sports for all.

Currently, Tiffany serves as the chairperson of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. During the 2014-2017 Deaflympic Quad, she served as a special consultant for ICSD. Tiffany was the Executive Director for six years for Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, Washington.

2017 USADSF Board J MansfieldJeffrey Mansfield is a two-time Deaflympian, winning gold in the 2007 Salt Lake Winter Deaflympics and Bronze in the 2015 Khanty-Mansiysk Winter Deaflympics as the goaltender for the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team. In 2017, Jeffrey also won gold with the U.S. Men’s National Deaf Ice Hockey Team at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY.

Before a brief overseas playing career, Jeffrey played for the Princeton University Men’s Ice Hockey Team (NCAA Division 1), winning the 2005 USA Hockey Disabled Player of the Year award, and was listed as a “Player to Watch” by NHL Central Scouting. In 2010, Jeffrey received the Tom White Memorial Award from the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) for his contribution to Deaf Hockey.

Currently, Jeffrey is an architect and designer with the non-profit collective, MASS Design Group, a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and Graham Foundation grantee for his work on the architectural history of Deaf schools. Jeffrey holds a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - https://usdeafsports.org/news/board-appoints-two-new-board-members/

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

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