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USADSF announces new chair of Deaf Tennis USA

Karl ReddyEffective August 1, 2016, Karl Reddy of Ridgefield, Washington, is now the Chair of Deaf Tennis of USA. Karl will work on getting Deaf Tennis of USA incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. He will also focus on development of the 2017 USA Tennis Team for the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.

Currently, Karl is the Chief Executive Officer of Tilikum, a social service and community advocacy service agency covering the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, directly serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened individuals.

Karl was born in South Africa, which has a rich tradition of the sport of tennis. He participated in tennis, swimming, track & field, basketball, and recreational soccer. After graduating in International Business from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Karl pursued further studies in Special Education at the University of South Africa, and was employed as the Project Manager of World Deaf Leadership – South Africa, with a partnership between the Deaf Federation of South Africa, Gallaudet University, and the Nippon Foundation of Japan. Besides project management, Karl has been coaching and a teacher of Physical Education in various sports; and as well as a Teacher of the Deaf. Karl is very familiar with the Deaflympics process since he was involved with the National Sports Organization of South Africa in identifying and selecting athletes for its 2005 Summer Deaflympic Team.

After obtaining his Green Card status in 2005, Karl relocated to the United States and gained more experience in the Deaf Culture by working at different institutions. Karl has since become a US Citizen in 2010. He is married to Susan Steers and is a father to three active boys.

Together, USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and Deaf Tennis of USA warmly welcome Karl Reddy with great anticipation and excitement to help revive the Deaf Tennis program.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - https://usdeafsports.org/news/usadsf-announces-new-chair-of-deaf-tennis-usa/

Freya takes silver in the girls’ doubles

UK Deaf Sport NewSandiacre’s rising star Freya Barry returned from the European Deaf Tennis Championships with a silver medal in the girls’ doubles.

The 11-year-old made her international debut for Great Britain in a junior competition at the championships out in Slovenia over the weekend.

Read more: http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/local-sport/freya-takes-silver-in-the-girls-doubles-1-7963342

Source: Ilkeston Advertiser

GB win 6 medals at European Deaf Tennis Championships

By Jennie Powell

UK Deaf Sport NewGreat Britain players completed the 13th European Deaf Tennis Championships with a tremendous haul of six medals over the weekend in Portoroz, Slovenia, claiming one gold medal, three silver medals and two bronze medals.

Seven players on the Tennis Foundation’s Deaf Tennis Performance Programme were selected for the eight-day tournament, with 2015 World Championships boys’ singles gold medallist Esah Hayat ending his senior and junior events with a full house of gold, silver and bronze medals.

Read more: http://4theloveofsport.co.uk/2016/06/13/gb-win-6-medals-at-european-deaf-tennis-championships/

Source: 4 The Love of Sport

Ruislip’s deaf tennis star ready to take on Europe

By Andrew Raeburn

Ruislip’s Valerie Copenhagen says she is “feeling awesome” as she prepares to take on the continent at the European Deaf Tennis Championship.

Copenhagen joins Yorkshire’s Phoebe Suthers as one of two British women at the event in Portoroz, Slovenia, from 4 to 11 June.

Read more: http://www.westlondonsport.com/other-sport/tennis/ruislips-deaf-tennis-star-ready-take-europe

Source: West London Sport

Freya wins Team GB call-up in tennis Euros for the deaf

A talented schoolgirl from Sandiacre has been selected to represent Great Britain in deaf tennis.

Eleven-year-old Freya Barry, who goes to St John Houghton Catholic School in Kirk Hallam, was given the call-up for the European Deaf Tennis Championships, which are being held in Slovenia next month.

Read more: http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/local-sport/freya-wins-team-gb-call-up-in-tennis-euros-for-the-deaf-1-7928036

Source: Ilkeston Advertiser

Sandiacre youngster selected for the National GB Deaf Tennis Team

An 11 year old from Sandiacre has been selected to represent Great Britain in Slovenia as part of the National GB Deaf Tennis Team.

Freya Barry attends St John Houghton Catholic School in Ilkeston and trains daily at Attenborough Tennis Club. She is very proud to have been chosen and leaves for Slovenia on 6th June 2016. Before then, she is putting hours of training in to be as prepared as possible. As the youngest member of the team, she is also likely to be the youngest competing from around the World so has a lot to prove.

Read more: http://www.erewashsound.com/news/78-borough/4827-sandiacre-youngster-selected-for-the-national-gb-deaf-tennis-team

Source: Erewash Sound

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