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Meyers golden at 2016 Rio Paralympics

2016 Becca Meyers Paralympian SwimmerBecca Meyers is wrapping up her fantastic performance in the at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the 100m freestyle this evening.

Competing in five events at her second Paralympics in classification 13 under visual impairment, Meyers has won three gold medals in the 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Meyers’ gold medal wins in the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly are also world and personal records.

Live stream of 100m freestyle 5:31 PM EDT

Along with being Deaf since birth, Meyers also has Usher’s Syndrome, which qualified her to compete in the Paralympics. She is the only swimmer at the 2016 Rio Paralympics competing under the visually impaired classification who is Deaf as well. In 2015, Meyers was recognized as the ESPY Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Meyers was part of the USA Deaf Swimming team at the 2009 Deaflympics as a 14-year old swimmer earning a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay. She also finished 7th in 800m freestyle and 8th in 200m freestyle. At the 2012 London Paralympics, Meyers won the silver medal in the 200m individual medley, bronze in 100m freestyle and 5th in 50m freestyle.

Becca Meyers Profile

Results at 2016 Rio Paralympics

GOLD - 200m individual medley (2:24.66). (Link)

GOLD - 400m freestyle (4:19.59) World Record/Personal Record. (Link)

GOLD - 100m butterfly (1:03.25) World Record/Personal Record. (Link)

6TH PLACE - 50m freestyle (28.58) Personal Record. (Link)

100m freestyle - Tonight. (Link)

Lubbock teen qualifies for 2017 Deaflympics

By Gloria DeLeon

US Deaf SwimmingLUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock teen has qualified to compete in the 2017 Deaflympics.

But, before Nickolas Roman does, he's going to use his swimming talents to compete at the collegiate level.

"Try something new," Nickolas Roman says. "I wanted to try swimming."

Read more & view video: http://www.newschannel10.com/story/32793272/lubbock-teen-qualifies-for-2017-deaflympics

Source: KCBD - NewsChannel 10

USA Deaf Swimming Advertising for swim coach

US Deaf SwimmingUSA Deaf Swimming has posted the announcement for applications for the Head Coach position for the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.

The Head Coach shall be responsible for recruiting, training, and preparing the National Men’s/Women’s Teams for potential placement on the team. The coach shall work closely with Team Leaders and USA Deaf Swimming on the following expectations:
* To prepare the team for international competition,
* To recruit athletes;
* To evaluate and place athletes on the team;
* To maintain expressive and be receptive in sign and/or gestures communication skills throughout the term.

Qualifications include:
* 3-5 Years of experience in the field of coaching her/his swimming on both international and domestic levels.
* Credentials in area of coach certificate, training, teaching, sports medicine, etc.
* 3-5 Years of experience of swimming in high levels, Speedo or higher competition.
* 1-2 Years of experience in associating with deaf and hard of hearing athletes in swimming.
* Ability to communicate in sign language and/or swimming gestures.
* Certificate Completion/Document of USOC’s SafeSport policy, USOC’s SafeSport handbook and completed USADSF’s SafeSport training (when available).

Applications are due by October 31, 2016, to Doug Matchett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include:
* A letter of interest,
* Resume,
* One (1) letter of reference, and
* Criminal background check with National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) – http://www.ncsisafe.com.

NOTE: For information how to register for a criminal background check, see https://usdeafsports.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/01/NCSISelfRegistrationLetter.pdf.

More information is posted at https://usdeafsports.org/sports/criteria/coaches/

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - https://usdeafsports.org/news/usa-deaf-swimming-advertising-for-swim-coach/

Swimming: Teddington's Tom Baxter going all out for Deaf Olympics

By Brier Dodge

UK Deaf Sport NewTeddington Swimming Club’s Tom Baxter will step up his attempts to qualify for the GB team for the 2017 Deaflympics in record breaking style.

Baxter set a new personal best and broke the English deaf swimming record for the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.50 seconds at the Surrey Masters Swimming Championships last month.

Read more: http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/sport/14605380.Swimming__Teddington_s_Tom_Baxter_going_all_out_for_Deaf_Olympics/

Source: Wimbledon Guardian

No handicap: Deaf swimmer finishes 6th in trials race

By Paul Newberry

US Deaf SwimmingOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn't hear the roar of the crowd.

Or anything else, for that matter.

Deaf since birth, Titus swims in a quiet isolation that he believes actually gives him an edge over those in the other lanes, who can hear everything going on around them.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/06/27/no-handicap-deaf-swimmer-on-cusp-of-qualifying-for-olympics/86422264/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomolympicscoverage-topstories

Source: USA Today

No handicap: Deaf swimmer on cusp of qualifying for Olympics

By Paul Newberry

US Deaf SwimmingOMAHA, Neb. (AP) - When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn’t hear the roar of the crowd.

Or anything else, for that matter.

Deaf since birth, Titus swims in a quiet isolation that he believes actually gives him an edge over those in the other lanes, who can hear everything going on around them.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/55a66a974ed344199d4b720b0381e2c7/no-handicap-deaf-swimmer-cusp-qualifying-olympics

Source: Associated Press

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