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The Deaf rugby player set to lead his country

England Deaf Rugby UnionAs a six-year-old learning how to play rugby at Barkers Butts RFC, Luke Cheyne looked up to numerous players who had gone from pulling on the yellow and blue shirt of the Coventry club to the white of England.

From Neil Back to Danny Grewcock and Tom Wood, Cheyne was inspired to join their ranks and lead his country. And now he will get the chance.

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Source: England Rugby

Deaf Olympian Dean Barton-Smith takes on coaching role with Eastern Football League club Ferntree Gully

By Toby Prime

Ferntree Gully FCDEAN Barton-Smith is no stranger to breaking down barriers.

Twenty-five years since Barton-Smith, 49, became the first deaf Australian to compete at an Olympic Games, he is now inspiring the next generation of athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport.

The Kilsyth South resident wore a T-shirt at the 1992 Barcelona Games with the words: “Who says deaf people can’t do anything.” On the back it said: “Think again.”

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Source: Herald Sun

World Adventure Golf Masters and World Deaf Championships to be Played

2017 World Deaf Minigolf ChampionshipNin, Croatia – On September 11 and 12, 2017, the World Adventure Golf Masters 2017 (WAGM) and the World Deaf Championships (WDC) will be held at Zaton Holiday Resort. Both tournaments are sponsored by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and are two of the three largest events on the WMF calendar.

The WAGM is the largest international tournament to be played on the Minigolf Open Standard (MOS) style course. There are 104 participants in the various classes, representing 18 different countries including countries from Asia, Australia, North America, Africa and Europe. Players had two official practice days on September 9 and 10 as they prepared for the stroke-play competition. The competition will comprise of both individual and team events, both with 6 qualifying round and a finals rounds for the best individuals/teams to determine the champions.

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Source: Mini Golf News

Pontypool deaf go-kart racer, Caleb McDuff, 9, on track to success after scooping second year of sponsorship from housing firm

By Chris Binding

A TALENTED deaf go-kart racer from Torfaen is set to make his debut in a UK-wide contest after receiving another season of sponsorship from a housing firm.

This year, Caleb McDuff will compete for the first time in the MSA IAME British Cadet Championship - a class of the Super One Series for racers aged between eight and 13.

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Source: South Wales Argus

Hearing Loss is No Match for These Athletes: EarQ and the NFLPA Award Student Scholarships

Two remarkable student athletes with hearing loss have been awarded scholarships from EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation.


NFLPAFor nearly six years, EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation have been addressing hearing healthcare in former professional athletes and their fans. For the second consecutive year, the partnership is furthering its initiative by granting scholarships to student athletes with hearing loss. The recipients, Grace Gleba and Juan Cornejos, are determined individuals who have proven themselves athletically and academically. The partnership is proud to announce them as the 2017 scholarship recipients.

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Source: PRWeb

Meet the Portuguese youngster that has been inspired to play rugby by Hartpury's Mat Gilbert

Meet the young Portuguese rugby player that has been inspired to play the game by Hartpury’s own Mat Gilbert.

Guilherme de Jesus Borges Custódio is 13-years-old at plays rugby at Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Like Gilbert, Guilherme is deaf and has been inspired to play rugby by the Hartpury flanker.

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Source: Gloucestershire Live


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