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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 -

5 research grants awarded to graduate students

By Greg Johnson

GallaudetThe NCAA Research Committee has selected five proposals to fund in the 2017 cycle of the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.

Now in its 12th year, the program is aimed at stimulating research on college sports by providing financial support to graduate students in social and behavioral science fields.

Stacy Nowak (Gallaudet). A Critical Multiple Case Study: Deaf Student-Athletes and Deaf Sports.

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Source: NCAA

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Source: British Deaf News


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