Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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England Deaf Rugby takes 2-0 lead over New Zealand Deaf Rugby

England Deaf Rugby UnionThe tour now builds for the 3rd and final Test at Barking Rugby Club, Kick Off 3pm on Sunday 12th November.

The 2nd Test was another quality game, with a capacity crowd at the brand new Harlow Rugby Club.

From the start New Zealand dominated, racking up three tries, together with kicking a conversion and penalty, to no response from England, who had less domination in the Scrum, whilst the Kiwis this time competed well in the Lineouts.
The Deaf Blacks left the field at half time with 20 points to nil, which included the early loss to injury of the England Scrum Half and Vice Captain, Danny Rowland, and it looked an impossible task for England to turn the game around after such a poor performance.

However, whether it was words in the dressing room or just personal pride that fired up the team, suddenly England came out onto the field after less than 3 minutes break, they looked to be gagging at the bit for the restart, perhaps to the surprise of the Kiwis, England meant business.

In a spirited and thrilling second half performance, England really did take the game in both hands and started piling on the points, with the New Zealanders unable to respond with a score, England pulled back the game to trail 20-15 with two tries, a conversion, and a penalty, when suddenly the game seemed to go sideways for England, the Assistant Referee spotted foul play, and England Captain Luke Cheyne left the field for ten minutes in the sin bin, and England was reduced to 14 men for most of the last 15 minutes.

Southern Hemisphere hopes of a 2nd Test Win were raised, but despite the Leadership being absent from the field, the England players responded, the backs seemed to play with more fluidity, and with just minutes to go, England went over for a third try to equal the score, and the final conversion was kicked, and within the dying seconds of the game, managing to gain possession and hold on to secure the win.

The seemingly impossible task was completed, and England took the final whistle leading 22-20, a magnificent come back against all odds.

England are now Series Winners, leading 2-0, but the Deaf Blacks still plan to spoil the party and take the 3rd Test.

If the first two Tests are any indication, there's still a lot of good rugby to be played next Sunday afternoon.

Reprinted from England Rugby Deaf Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/englanddeafrugby/posts/1670874479631131

Iran's Taekwondokas Nominated as Best 2017 Athletes

Iran FlagTEHRAN (Fars) - The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) has named two Iranian athletes Nasibe Shahbazi and Sajjad Pirayqarchaman as nominees for the 2017 best deaf player.

"ICSD has listed names of 11 male and 15 female world athletes among whom are an Iranian taekwondoka and a discus thrower," Iran Deaf Sports Federation announced.

Read more: http://kayhan.ir/en/news/45932

Source: Kayhan

England Deaf name a squad of 23 for the 1st test against NZ Deaf

England Deaf Rugby UnionThe first test match will be played at Blackheath RFC on Saturday 4th November 2017

England Deaf coaching team have selected a mix of experience and youth for the 1st test match. The players ages range from 19 to 46 including four new caps.

The selection process has been a difficult period for the coaching team with the England Deaf squad growing consistently over the past few years.

Read more: http://www.englanddeafrugby.com/news/england-deaf-name-a-squad-of-23-for-the-1st-test-a-2050028.html

Source: England Deaf Rugby

Inspirational teen receives parliamentary invite

UK Deaf Sport NewIT IS not every day that a teenager from Dewsbury receives a parliamentary invite to the House of Lords, but Jodie Ounsley has already proved that she is no ordinary teenager.

Born prematurely, Jodie faced a battle to survive, with the antibiotics used to treat her causing profound deafness in both ears.

Thornhill-based Jodie was also fitted with a cochlear implant shortly after her first birthday.

Read more: https://www.thepressnews.co.uk/sportsnews/inspirational-teen-receives-parliamentary-invite

Source: The Press

Sunderland cyclist racks up the miles for charity in memory of his mum

By Fiona Thompson

A deaf man has cycled the length of Britain in tribute to his mother and the team who helped comfort in her final days.

Mark Grimes, 42, from East Herrington, rode almost 1,000miles in nine days as he joined the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (RAB) in aid of Macmillan.

The route took the cyclists from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with Mark believed to be the first deaf competitor to take part.

Read more: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/sunderland-cyclist-racks-up-the-miles-for-charity-in-memory-of-his-mum-1-8813949

Source: Sunderland Echo

USADSF 2017 Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year

Congratulations go to Kaylin Yost and Matthew Klotz as they are named USA Deaf Sports Federation’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of 2017. They were nominated by their respective National Sports Organizations (NSOs) USA Deaf Golf and US Deaf Swimming in honor of all their hard work and accomplishments in 2017. The below are excerpts from the nominations by those NSOs.

2017 USADSF Kaylin YostKaylin was the only American female to earn the Gold medal in Golf at the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. This is also a huge accomplishment as Golf was introduced into the Summer Deaflympics this year, and Kaylin is the first woman golfer to represent the USA in this sport.

When she was asked to be on the team, Kaylin didn’t hesitate and was thrilled to have this opportunity to represent the USA. Kaylin dedicated endless hours to practice to ensure that her golf game is in top shape.

At first, she was the only golfer whom we thought would win the tournament easily. Indeed she lead over the Norwegian who was ranked 3rd by a huge margin, then played against an Indian who is 16 years old and ranked #1 in her age group in her home country. However, the match between the two women was very tense. Kaylin won on the last hole by putting out a 8 footer. Then during the final playoff, Kaylin kept her cool by putting out 10 feet and won the match.

Kaylin is a full-time professional golfer and is on the Symetra tour. Her aspiration is to become a full-fledged member of Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA). This is an amazing profession for a deaf woman to hold and we are very proud of her.

2017 USADSF Matthew KlotzMatthew Klotz, 21, earned 5 medals at the 2017 Deaflympics held in Samsun, Turkey. He swam in all individual events; 50 back, 100 back and 200 back and won 3 Gold medals and set Deaflympics records in all of the events. He also set World Records in the 50 and 200 back. He took Silver Medals in the 50 fly and 50 free. He was also part of the 4×100 Mixed Medley and 4×100 Mixed Free Relays that also set American records.

More importantly than these medals, Matthew was Team Captain for USA Deaf Swimming. He was the only returning USA member for Deaflympics and he led by example. He was a positive role model to others on the team, and was also motivating and encouraging them to enjoy the experience. Not only was he a role model to USA members, he showed great sportsmanship to other countries as well.
Matthew interacted with athletes and coaches from other countries, as well as member of other athletic teams.

He was humble and sportsmanlike with every race whether he win or lose, posed for pictures with fellow athletes, coaches, staff, and Turkish volunteers. His most important goal was to reconnect with people from all over the world that he had met before, make new connections, and represent USA with pride and honor.

Matt Klotz’s accomplishments at the 2017 Summer Deaflympics:

3 Gold Medals:
• 50 Back Stroke – broke World Record and Deaflympics Record
• 100 Back Stroke – broke Deaflympics Record
• 200 Back Stroke – broke World Record and Deaflympics Record

2 Silver Medals:
• 50 Butterfly
• 50 Freestyle

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - https://usdeafsports.org/news/usadsf-2017-sportswoman-and-sportsman-of-the-year/


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