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Deaf swimmer makes another attempt to cross Lake Ontario, set record

By Jeff Lagerquist

2017 Brenda LussierDozens gathered at a rocky beach in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont. on Sunday to support Brenda Lussier’s third attempt at swimming across Lake Ontario. They clapped and cheered as she waded into the water and took her first few strokes.

Latest update - Press release on status of swim

But the Guelph, Ont. native paid them no mind. Partly because she was focused on getting a good start to a swim that could take 24 hours to complete, but mostly because she’s deaf.

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Source: CTV News

*Photo courtesy of Silent Swim.

‘It makes me feel equal’: A deaf Gallaudet swimmer pushes NCAA to change rules, adopt technology

By Marissa Payne

GallaudetFaye Frez-Albrecht was just approaching the starting blocks at the 2016 North Eastern Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships when the referee blew his whistle, kicking off the 400-meter individual medley. The 24-year-old Gallaudet athlete — who is deaf and legally blind — couldn’t hear it, of course, nor could she see the referee gesturing that the race was about to begin.

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Source: The Washington Post

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

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