Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Gamworks launches Deaf Sports Association Clip project

Gamworks yesterday launched Gambia Deaf Sports Association CLIP project grant support through Gambia Federation of the Disabled at the Gambia Deaf and Hard of Hearing headquarters in Kanifing.

Gamwoks has supported Gambia Deaf Sports Association with a vehicle for commercial purposes to generate income for the community-based infrastructure and livelihood improvement project (CLIP).

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Source: The Point

A brief history of doping in disability sport A brief history of doping in disability sport

By Laura Hale

This article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at doping in the Paralympic, Deaflympic and disability sports movement.

The history of doping and doping controls in disability sport dates back to the early 1980s. This lagged behind Olympic and professional sport by about 10 to 20 years, with the first reliable testing methods for testosterone and anabolic steroids being developed in 1974. The 1976 Olympics subsequently including bans for these substances and in competition testing for them.

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Source: ParaSport News

Baseball: The Best Barbecue Game

2016 baseballbarbecueWhen the weather gets inviting, people tend to consider enjoying outdoor activities. Planning a barbecue with various great grilled foods is a popular thing for a lot of people to do. And when the barbecue is set at an outdoor place with friends and playmates it is a good idea to plan fun outdoor activities.

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Source: Deaf man’s BBQ Sauce

Boston memories: Deaf and blind runner Gaston Bédard conquers marathon

By Tim Huebsch

It was one year ago that Aylmer, Que. resident Gaston Bédard, a blind and deaf runner, raced Boston, his 16th marathon, with his two guides.

On April 20, 2015, Aylmer, Que. resident Gaston Bédard completed what many runners consider the world’s most famous races, the Boston Marathon. Bédard, 63, is blind and deaf and ran the race with his two guides, Christopher Yule and Melany Gauvin, and had his son Marc cheer him on from the sidelines.

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Source: Canadian Running

11-year-old gets VIP experience, new wheelchair at Hawks game

By Nicole Emmett

ATLANTA — A boy got the experience of a lifetime when the Atlanta Hawks treated him to a VIP experience and gave him a sports wheelchair, thanks to Bert’s Big Adventure.

Raynel Granel-Lopez, 11, of Powder Springs, Georgia, suffered a brain injury after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis when he was 4 years old.

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Source: WSB-TV Atlanta

2015 USADSF Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year

USADSF is excited to announce both Lauren Weibert and Blair Esson as the USADSF 2015 SportsWoman and SportsMan for their endurance and commitment to their sports and recognizes their success in bringing home the Gold.

In the short time that the US Team coaches worked with both Lauren and Blair, they immediately recognized each individually as hard working and striving to excel at anything they faced. Their abilities to respond with courage when a challenge is produced consistently amazed the coaches. Lauren and Blair are driven athletes and very passionate about snowboarding and life, and it was an honor to work with each of them on the snow.

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2015 USADSF Athletes of the Year
2015 USADSF Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year - Lauren Weibert and Blair Esson. (Photo courtesy of USADSF)

Lauren Weibert learned to snowboard at age 13 during a family ski trip to Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. While growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, she entered local and national competitions, where she often found herself on the podium, winning awards for her excellence in snowboarding. In December 2013, Lauren tore her knee, which caused her to miss the tryouts for the US Team to the Deaflympics. Once Lauren was cleared to ride after her surgery, in February 2014 she made a video to show her skills and hoped to be reconsidered. Lauren recalls that her knee was very sore when she made that video, but she pressed through and got it done. Thanks to her endurance to recover from her injuries, Lauren was delighted to be selected to represent the USA at the 18th Winter Deaflympics. Lauren’s goal was to win the Gold medal in Slopestyle Snowboarding, and she was able to achieve that as well as taking away a Silver medal in Boardercross. Both medals were an amazing feat as she had never done Boardercross before!

Blair Esson credits his snowboarding skills to his brother, Sean. They both started snowboarding at young ages, Blair at age 5, in Loomis, CA. Blair has been doing competitions in HalfPipe, Slopestyle Snowboarding, and Boardercross since he was 12 years old because these events inspired him to achieve his dream of becoming the first Deaf professional snowboarder. Blair was the leading slalom and giant slalom racer on the Truckee High school snowboarding team in Winter 2012. Working at Boreal Resort helped keep him on the slopes and practicing, which paid off as Blair and his brother were selected to represent the USA at the 18th Winter Deaflympics. Blair came away with a Gold medal in Slopestyle, a Gold medal in the Half Pipe and a Silver medal in the Boardercross event.

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