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Matthew Klotz breaks 2 Deaf world records at US Nationals

By Braden Keith

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Matthew Klotz broke Deaf Swimming World Records in the 50 backstroke and freestyle.

American Deaflympian Matthew Klotz has broke three World Deaf Swimming Records last week in Irvine at the 2018 US National Championships.

First, in a time trial, he swam a 23.14 in the 50 long course meter freestyle, which broke the World Record of 23.34 done by Marcus Titus at the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships. Klotz’s previous personal best was 23.46 from 2016.

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Source: Swim Swam

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SWIMMING: Libby Gotta all set for European Deaf Championships

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Libby Gotta, 13 has been selected for the Great Britain Deaf Swimming Team.

LIBBY Gotta is excited to be competing in the European Deaf Championships in Poland next week.

The 13-year-old, from Burford, will be taking on competitors from 20 countries as she makes her debut as a member of Great Britain’s 19-strong team.

Gotta, who is a member of Wantage White Horses, will be competing in eight events in as many days at the event in Lublin, which starts on Monday.

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Source: Oxford Mail

Photo credit - Team Bath AS Grand Prix

2019 WDSC Meeting

2018 WDSC Committee Meeting

On April 6, 2018, the CBDS Administrative Management Collaborators, Deborah Dias and Josiane Poleski, together with the Representative of Commission of the Deaf Athletes of the CBDS Suzana Alves, attended two meetings in the capital of São Paulo to discuss the organization of the World Swimming of the Deaf, to be held in August 2019, in this city.

In the morning, they met with the Deputy Secretary, Mr. Luiz Carlos Lopes, of the Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the State of São Paulo, seeking logistical support such as transportation and graphic materials to minimize the costs to be passed on to the participants of the event.

In the afternoon, another meeting took place with the operations managers of the Brazilian Paralympic Training Center, Marcos Garcia and Fernando Partelli, to know the structures of this CTPB (pool and free area), and to discuss the general organization of the event, such as accreditation, access control, etc. We also had the meeting with Mr. Vinicius Fernandes to know the structure of hotel in the place.

Our thanks to all for the receptivity and the translators-interpreters, Claudio Maroto and Adriana Venancino, for the mediation of LSB-Portuguese communication in these meetings.

We would like to inform you that Mr. Reed Gershwind, Technical Director of Swimming of the ICSD, will come to Brazil at the end of July this year to conduct a survey of the sites and meetings with the CBDS Team.

Source: CBDS

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Deaf man who swam English Channel takes role in London parade

By Ronan McGreevy

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Wesley Nolan (39) became the first deaf Irish person to swim the English Channel last summer.

Last summer Wesley Nolan (39) became the first deaf Irish person to swim the English Channel.

This was an achievement in itself, but made even greater not just by his disability but because he swam almost twice the length of the channel to achieve his goal.

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Source: The Irish Times

Photo credit - The Irish Times

Swimming World in Brazil

2019 World Deaf Swimming ChampionshipWith great joy, the ICSD – International Committee of Sports for the Deaf confirms the holding of the 5th World Deaf Swimming Championships (WDSC) for the period from 25 August to 31 August 2019, in São Paulo, Brazil.

The CBDS – Brazilian Confederation of Sports of the Deaf will be responsible for the organization of the event and has been working hard to make sure the event will be successful in all phases: pool, accommodation, meals and transportation.

The Organizing Committee of WDSC 2019 is available now to help as needed. The contact can be made by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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902km of guts, grit and glory: Olympic Medalist is putting himself to the test for South African youth

By Brett Lindeque

South Africa FlagRenowned athlete and Olympic Medalist Terence Parkin is taking on an incredible test of stamina and strength in an effort to raise money for the Deaf Children’s Learn to Swim and Water Safety Programme.

Parkin plans to cycle, swim and canoe a mammoth 902km between Johannesburg and Durban in order to generate funds for young South Africans with disabilities.

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