Friday, June 22, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Source: NRS Healthcare

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Young boxer Reece Cattermole wants to inspire the deaf community

By Mark Heath

2018 Reece Cattermole
Reece Cattermole is about to make his pro boxing debut.

When talented young boxer Reece Cattermole makes his pro debut later this weekend, he won’t just be fighting for himself – he wants to inspire a whole community.

Middleweight Cattermole has a degenerative hearing condition which means he’ll likely be totally deaf by the time he turns 40, but is determined to show that any obstacle can be overcome.

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Source: East Anglian Daily Times

Photo credit - Sarah Lucy Brown

Announcement of USADSF Board change

USA Deaf Sports FederationThe USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Board reluctantly accepted the resignation of board member Jeffrey Salit, effective May 5, 2018. The Board expresses its deep gratitude to Mr. Salit for his seventeen years of dedicated, passionate service to USADSF in several capacities as Vice President of the National Sports Organizations (NSOs), Vice President of the Board, President, and as Team Leader for three Deaflympics. Mr. Salit was recognized with the President’s Award in 2013 for his outstanding performance and services to the Federation and also received the Art Kruger Award in 2015 for his leadership and continuous participation, support and contribution.

*Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation -

Pride is a role model at Gallaudet

By David Driver

2018 Curtis Pride
Former major leaguer now in 10th season as coach for deaf team.

Curtis Pride stood in the third-base coaches’ box, giving pointers to Gallaudet University baserunner Yebi Areola in the last of the third inning in a recent college baseball game in northeast Washington.

A few pitches later Areola sprinted to home after a teammate hit an infield grounder against Keuka, a New York school. But Areola ran into the catcher, was called out and ejected by home plate umpire Roger Wolfe due to “malicious contact.”

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Source: Washington Times

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