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Time to reflect

2018 England Deaf Rugby Reflection
So is the growth of Deaf Rugby created more at community events or international fixtures?

The answer to that question is simple, community and international go hand in hand. If planned correctly if hosted and featured in locations that have little or no knowledge of Deaf Rugby then the impact is huge.

England Deaf Rugby Union have learnt over the years, moving forward at a rate of knots, finding our feet and identifying the best way to raise awareness. Our ultimate aim is to integrate Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing rugby players into their own clubs, whether grassroots or premiership, with no barriers from players, coaches, officials or opposition.

Read more: http://www.englanddeafrugby.com/news/time-to-reflect-2316674.html

Source: England Deaf Rugby

Photo credit - England Deaf Rugby

Obstacles don’t beat this deaf Ukrainian student

By Ashley Hiruko

2018 Elis Topchaniuk
Elis stands atop a winner’s podium in Europe in early May. (Courtesy photo)

HS junior Elis Topchaniuk is a top-ranked world cyclist

LYNDEN — Elis Topchaniuk came to town from the Ukraine three years ago. The 18-year-old, who was born deaf, had uttered only a few English words before and her hearing impairment meant the Lynden High School student needed to simultaneously learn both English and American Sign Language.

Her family’s move to the United States came about a year after Topchaniuk and her family had relocated from Crimea in the Ukraine to Chernivtsi, an area near Poland. In 2014, Russia had declared that Crimea was annexed and now a Russian federal subject, causing an international furor.

Read more: https://www.lyndentribune.com/news/obstacles-don-t-beat-this-deaf-ukrainian-student/article_04a899c0-6f13-11e8-92e9-57c52b962a9d.html

Source: Lynden Tribune

Legendary Goonga Pehelwan banned from World championships for revolting against Deaf Wrestling Federation

2018 Goonga Pehelwan
Goonga Pehelwan has 7 international medals to his name.

Legendary deaf and mute wrestler Virender Singh also known as 'Goonga Pehelwan' has been banned from taking part in the World Championships in Russia this month after he spoke against the All India Sports Council of the Deaf for allegedly not paying the due amount to the athletes. Singh had revolted against the Federation after he and his team-mates were not paid the promised amount after the Deaflympics in 2017.

Read more: http://www.timesnownews.com/sports/others/article/legendary-goonga-pehelwan-banned-from-world-championships-for-revolting-against-deaf-wrestling-federation/234970

Source: Times Now News

Photo credit - Twitter

Winnie Cheung will not let being deaf stop her from pursuing dream of playing rugby for Hong Kong

By Eddie Lee

After overcoming personal challenges and giving back to the community, player and coach is nominated for South China Morning Post’s Spirit of Hong Kong Awards.

2018 Winnie Cheung
Cheung is a rugby player, coach, and community worker.

Winnie Cheung Wing-yin never expects any special treatment on the rugby pitch, even if she is deaf.

To Cheung, fairness is the foremost rule of sport, as well as an essential ingredient for an inclusive society.

Read more: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2147266/winnie-cheung-will-not-let-being-deaf-stop-her-pursuing

Source: South China Morning Post

Photo credit - Jonathan Wong

Veteran outfielder Tyson Gillies on being legally deaf: 'It's made me a stronger player and person.'

By Michael Osipoff

2018 Tyson Gillies
RailCats outfielder Tyson Gillies, who is legally deaf, has reached the Class AAA level and plays for Canada's national team. He was cut by the RailCats on Thursday.

Tyson Gillies’ path to the RailCats has been layered.

And the outfielder appreciates it. But he’s also living in the moment.

In his 12th professional season at age 29, Gillies was the oldest player trying out for the team — yet still considered in the middle of his prime.

After the RailCats acquired him in February in a trade with Ottawa of the Can-Am League, the Vancouver native’s approach has been simple.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/sports/ct-ptb-spt-baseball-railcats-tyson-gillies-st-0518-story.html

Source: Chicago Tribune

Photo credit - Kyle Telechan/Post-Tribune

Growing up deaf: sport, speaking and society

Deaf since she was just 14 months old, Ceara Toal, a sports assistant and lifeguard at the University of Leicester, spoke to us about what it’s like to live with deafness, the challenges of communicating with hearing people, and her views on how society could be better educated on hearing loss.

2018 Ceara Toal
Ceara, 29 years old from Whitwick in Leicestershire, has profound, unexplained deafness and is unable to hear most sounds – including people speaking or even a fire alarm. She was raised in a large, loving family and is one of six siblings (two of whom are also deaf). With the support of her family, she has learned to never let her deafness rule her life.

“We are a close family and all get on very well. I’m a doting Auntie to my four nieces. My family has always supported me and given me everything I need. They’ve always made sure my (lack of) hearing never affected me negatively and that I am treated equally and fairly in all aspects of my life.

Read more: https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk/articles/news/growing-up-deaf

Source: NRS Healthcare

Photo credit - NRS Healthcare

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