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Deaf swimmer shines light on technology that could change future of the sport

By Nicole Auerbach

GallaudetWASHINGTON — The lights glow in sequence, almost rhythmic as they cycle through. Blinking red flashes and then a steady red accompany the “on the block” command. Blue illuminates to tell swimmers to “take their mark.” Green means go — and that is triggered by the pool’s starting system.

Gallaudet University rising senior Faye Frez-Albrecht focuses on the colors inches from her face and practices her start to swim the backstroke.

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Source: USA Today

Sight-based starting system a green signal for deaf swimmers

By Ian Kew

Singapore Disability Sports CouncilCompetitors and spectators at yesterday's SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex saw first-hand a new start system to help athletes with hearing impairments get off their starting blocks.

Developed at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the system - called SwimSight - uses two colours (orange and green) to alert deaf swimmers to race starts and is compatible with professional timing devices.

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Source: The Straits Times

Deaf participants included in National Inclusive Swimming Championships

By Ian Kew

Singapore Disability Sports CouncilSINGAPORE - The annual National Para Swimming Championships, now renamed as the National Inclusive Swimming Championships took place today at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.

The change in the name was to reflect the shift towards promoting inclusivity in sports and the community as a whole and also sees to the inclusion of the deaf community in the event. They join the persons with physical, intellectual and visual impairment and aims to show how swimming can be adapted to people with different abilities.

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Source: The Straits Times

Becca Meyers, Brad Snyder nominated for more ESPYs

By Braden Keith

American swimmers Becca Meyers and Brad Snyder have both been nominated for ESPY Awards in the Best Athlete with a Disability categories.

They join 4 other swimmers who were also nominated for awards – Michael Phelps was nominated for Best Male Athlete and Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete, and Katie Ledecky was nominated for the Female equivalent categories. Individual gold medalists and history-makers Ryan Murphy and Simone Manuel were also nominated for Best U.S. Olympic Athlete.

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Source: Swim Swam

Doncaster School for the Deaf youngsters claim county swimming title

Doncaster School for the DeafDoncaster School for the Deaf finished fourth in the Panathlon Northern Swimming Finals at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Over 10,000 children with disabilities and special needs compete in Panathlon’s sporting events every year, giving them the opportunity to take part in competitive sport that they are so often denied elsewhere.

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Source: Doncaster Free Press

St. Clair City Council honors student-athlete Molly Likins

By Jim Bloch

US Deaf SwimmingThe city of St. Clair recently updated the honors bestowed upon Molly Likins, a 16-year-old swimmer, weightlifter, softball player and honor student at St. Clair High School.

Mayor Bill Cedar discussed Likins’ accomplishments at the city council’s regular meeting on April 17 and presented her with a certificate of achievement.

It was the second time Likins has been recognized by the council. Last September, Cedar presented her with a certificate of recognition on the same night state Sen. Phil Pavlov honored her achievements.

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Source: The Voice

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