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Mother Mere's mission forges Fijian football fairytale

By Aaron Kearney

An extraordinary act of motherly love in the face of gossip and superstition has helped to facilitate a Fijian football fairytale for one profoundly deaf woman.

Ever since she was a baby, people have been whispering about Halamehi Tuilomania.

"There's little gossips going around saying: 'They must have done something bad. That is why they have daughter who is deaf'," her mother Mere remembers.

"It is the Pacific way of thinking."

Read more: http://www.australiaplus.com/international/style-and-wellbeing/mother-meres-mission-forges-fijian-football-fairytale/8211276

Source: Australia Plus

Deaf sailor who rescued yachtsman beats Olympic heroes to award

By Alistair Munro

A NOVICE deaf Scottish sailor who led a massive rescue during a round-the-world race has won the world’s biggest yachting award - against some of the biggest stars on the water.

Gavin Reid, 28, from Edinburgh, an amateur sailor who was born profoundly deaf, has beaten his ‘heroes’, Giles Scott, the Rio 2016 Gold Medalist, and Brian Thompson, Round the Island Race Record Holder, to be honoured as the boats.com 2016 YJA Yachtsman of the Year.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/deaf-sailor-who-rescued-yachtsman-beats-olympic-heroes-to-award-1-4336016

Source: The Scotsman

1st T20 cricket tourney of Deaf organised

All J&K Sports Association of the Deaf organized first T20 cricket championship at district sports Stadium, Budgam on December 31 and January 1.

In the event hundreds of physically challenged youth exhibited their talent and enthusiasm for sports, an association statement said.

Read more: http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/sports/story/237673.html

Source: Greater Kashmir

Linked: Jackie Robinson and Dummy Hoy

By Gary Kaschak

To an overwhelming majority of baseball historians and fans, the term “breaking barriers” is uniquely linked to Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. We all know the story, or at least we should, for it transcends baseball like no other topic in the history of the game. In fact, the “breaking barriers” term had been used so prevalently since Robinson broke the “color” barrier in 1947, that Major League Baseball bonded with Scholastic Inc. more than 20 years ago on an outreach program called Breaking Barriers.

Read more: http://www.hardballtimes.com/linked-jackie-robinson-and-dummy-hoy/

Source: The Hardball Times

Despite hearing impairment, Adams sets sights on Division I coaching dream

By Nicholas Talbot

Luke Adams stood at the free-throw line. The crowd around him was so loud the rim appeared to be shaking. He looked over at his teammate and friend, Andrew Beck, who motioned to his ear. “Turn it off and you won’t hear them,” Beck shouted. Adams reached up to his right ear and popped the cochlear implant off.

Everything went silent. “I looked over at (Beck) and he is just smiling. It is a big game, but those fans couldn’t affect me. … I looked around and I knew everyone is yelling – but I can’t hear anything,” Adams said. “I made both free throws and we won the game.”

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/sports-red-raiders-mens-basketball/2016-12-12/despite-hearing-impairment-adams-sets-sights-division

Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

AFL to provide Auslan interpreters at grand final

By Miki Perkins

Australia Football LeagueThe AFL has backed down on its refusal to include an Auslan interpreter at the grand final.

Deaf football fans had lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission after the AFL refused to provide an interpreter for the entertainment and ceremonies at this year's grand final.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-to-provide-auslan-interpreters-at-grand-final-20161212-gt924l.html

Source: The Age

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