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Deaf Rugby - Making a Difference

By Chris Heal

Having a disability shouldn’t stop you playing a sport you love. In the past, it may have done, but over the last few years, disability sport has grown stronger.

Rather than focusing solely on the athletes’ disability, the emphasis has now switched to the athletic achievements of the sportsmen and women taking part and that’s the way it should be.

Read more at: http://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/deaf-rugby-making-a-difference/14510.htm

Source: Talking Rugby Union

Redland Bay teenager Jamie Howell is Deaf Sports Australia's female athlete of the year

By Cheryl Goodenough

Jamie Howell, a 17-year-old from Redland Bay, has been named Deaf Sports Australia’s Female Athlete of the Year.

The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the Australian Deaf Games in Adelaide last month.

Read more: http://www.redlandcitybulletin.com.au/story/3694700/redland-bay-teen-is-athlete-of-the-year/

Source: Reland City Bulletin

No nonsense referee Nigel Owens sparked change in deaf rugby player Mat Gilbert's approach

The only deaf professional athlete in the UK, rugby player Mat Gilbert, has recalled how stern words from World Cup referee Nigel Owens snapped him out of feeling as though he deserved special treatment.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/england-rugby/no-nonsense-referee-nigel-owens-sparked-change-in-deaf-rugby-player-mat-gilberts-approach-20160129-gmgoy8.html

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Mat Gilbert: Deaf rugby star's secret weapon ... a pen?

By Sheena McKenzie

(CNN) - A pen might seem like an unusual piece of kit for a burly sportsman to carry onto the rugby pitch. But for Mat Gilbert -- the only deaf professional athlete in the UK -- this high-tech hidden device has become his personal secret weapon.

Read more & view video: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/27/sport/mat-gilbert-deaf-rugby-pen/

Source: CNN

Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind enjoys sports and sunshine in Sun Valley

By DeSiree Fawn

SUN VALLEY, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) - Students from the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind in Gooding, spent Wednesday enjoying sports and sunshine in Sun Valley.

The school works with Higher Ground, a Blaine County based non-profit, that provides therapeutic recreation and education for people with disabilities.

Read more & view video: http://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Idaho-School-for-the-Deaf-and-the-Blind-enjoys-sports-and-sunshine-in-Sun-Valley-366778001.html

Source: KMVT

Islington youngsters compete in ground-breaking London sports tournament

The 12-strong team of boys and girls, aged between eight and 11, pitted their skills against rivals from Brent, Haringey and Hounslow in the capital’s first ever multi-sport contest specifically for deaf and hearing-impaired children.

The tournament featured the sports of boccia, new-age kurling, table cricket and polybat – a specially adapted form of table tennis – along with a series of athletic field events.

Read more: http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/sport islington_youngsters_compete_in_ground_breaking_london_sports_tournament_1_4396203

Source: Islington Gazette

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