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Truro teenager heading to France as a member of Canada’s deaf volleyball team

By Harry Sullivan

2018 Abbie Langille
Abbie Langille is thrilled with the opportunity to represent her country on the international stage. The Truro teen will play for the Canadian deaf volleyball team in France in May. - Harry Sullivan

TRURO, N.S. – A Truro teen has been invited to play in an overseas tournament with Canada’s deaf volleyball team.

Abbie Langille, who will be 16 next month, was born deaf. That aspect of her world changed, however, when she received her first cochlear implant at 13 months and a second one at age eight, which gives her the ability to hear.

Cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) by sending sound signals to the brain, unlike hearing aids which simply make sounds louder.

Read more: http://www.trurodaily.com/living/None/truro-teenager-heading-to-france-as-a-member-of-canadas-deaf-volleyball-team-195459/

Source: Truro Daily News

Photo credit - Truro Daily News

Team USA’s David Smith talks about his improved play in Poland

2018 David Smith
Team USA’s current captain David Smith had a brilliant year in 2017. After leading Team USA to respectable efforts in the FIVB Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup, he was chosen by USAV as the USA Volleyball Indoor Male Player of the Year. At the domestic level, he is leading a very young, recently formed, Zawiercie squad in Poland’s PlusLiga. The great improvement in his performance from last year, called the attention on the Polish media, which interviewed Smith and asked him how this season is different from others in his career (Siatka.org):

Read more: https://volleymob.com/team-usas-david-smith-talks-about-his-improved-play-in-poland/

Source: Volley Mob

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David Smith named USAV Indoor Male Player of the Year

USA VolleyballDavid Smith has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Male Player of the Year following a year that put him in a successful position on the court in the middle blocker position.

In the past, Smith was in the shadows of players like Ryan Miller, David Lee, Russell Holmes and Max Holt in the middle. With a number of the players off the roster and Holt opting out of the 2017 World League, it set Smith up for a successful spot in the middle for Team USA throughout the summer. This brought a different mental aspect for Smith, as he is normally a player that came off the bench for the Americans, having to adjust to being a main contributor on the court.

Read more: https://volleymob.com/david-smith-named-usav-indoor-male-player-year/

Source: Volley Mob

Italy’s Deaf team named Gazzetta’s Paralympic Team of the Year

By Carly DeMarque

Italy FlagThe annual Gazzetta Sports Awards has announced the Italian women’s deaf volleyball team as the Paralympic Athlete of the Year. The Gazzetta Sports Award are an annual award that celebrates the accomplishments of Italian’s in sport.

The team finished at the Deaflympics with the silver medal, losing to Japan in the finals. The Italians lost in straight sets 3-0, (25-15, 25-14, 25-17). They were not expected to go into the finals but defied the odds to go beyond their limits to take the silver medal.

Read more: https://volleymob.com/italys-deaf-team-named-gazzettas-paralympic-team-year/

Source: Volley Mob

Traveling To Turkey For Volleyball

By Mike Thomas

USADVKirkwood High's Ethan Bell was a key player on the U.S. Men's Deaf Volleyball Team.

While most students were enjoying their summer break, Kirkwood High School senior Ethan Bell spent his summer playing for the U.S. Men's Deaf Volleyball Team.

After training in California, Bell left with the U.S. team for Samsun, Turkey, where the 2017 Deaflympics were held July 18-30.

Read more: http://www.websterkirkwoodtimes.com/Articles-Features-c-2017-12-14-202684.114137-sub-Traveling-To-Turkey-For-Volleyball.html

Source: Webster-Kirkwood Times

Ghana Deaf Volleyball Association to collaborate with Italian Federation

Ghana Deaf Volleyball AssociationAs part of many initiatives to promote deaf sports in upcoming years, Ghana Deaf Volleyball Association, (GDVA) is embarking a volleyball project with 2017 Summer Deaflympics women volleyball silver medalists, Italy.

Read more: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/Ghana-Deaf-Volleyball-Association-to-collaborate-with-Italian-Federation-585361

Source: GhanaWeb

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