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Monday, 08 December 2014

By Emily Goddard

Donna Cross, who won a bronze medal for Great Britain in football at the 2013 Deaflympics, has been named as the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year for 2014.

The multi-talented athlete, who also plays futsal, squash and golf, scooped the award with 24.75 per cent of the vote after becoming the first English woman to compete at the World Deaf Golf Championships for more than 15 years and placed 11th at the competition in the United States in July.

As well as being last year's female champion in Four Nations Golf, Cross was a runner up at this year's National Deaf Squash Championships and was a member of the winning Yorkshire team at the 2014 British Deaf Futsal Tournament.

She was presented with the award at a special ceremony, which featured video speeches from golfer Tony Jacklin, ex-sailor Robin Knox-Johnston and former rugby union player Ben Cohen, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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At The Rim
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 Baker

Peter Baker, the new captain at Ellesmere Port Golf Club, is thought to be the first pre-lingual deaf person (someone who was either born deaf or became deaf before learning to speak) to hold the office in British history.

“I’m really proud of becoming captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club and becoming the being the first deaf-from-childhood person to captain a mainstream club,” he said. “I would advise any deaf golfer to get on the club committee and help out and show the hearing world that we are equal as them,” he added.

Ellesmere Port Golf Club secretary Dave Sewell said Peter has faced many challenges throughout his golfing life, including communication barriers with teammates, competitors and club officials, and the particular problem of not knowing when another player has shouted a warning ‘fore.’ However, he commented: “Being deaf is certainly not a barrier to Peter as he seems to take everything in his stride.

“He fully deserves his appointment, he is a truly remarkable, popular and inspirational member of the golf club and the members are very proud of him.



From The Limping Chicken, “The UK’s independent deaf news and blogs website” 9/26/2013british-flag

Last week at the Liberal  Democrat conference, David Buxton, the British Deaf Association Chief Executive, took centre stage and successfully convinced delegates to support British Sign Language. It was good to see. Not only because of what he had to say, but because it’s very rare that deaf issues take centre stage in political debate. In fact, I don’t remember that they ever have.

For those who want to see deaf people better represented by our political parties or government, the next general election could be a golden opportunity to advance the cause further than ever before. An opportunity for deaf issues to, at least locally, take centre stage but at the same time, potentially make a huge difference nationally.

The 2015 election is tipped to be very close and in close elections, relatively small groups of people can become crucial to the outcome by wielding a disproportionate level of influence over the result. Just as the Liberal Democrats became kingmakers 2010, deaf people could play a similar role in some key marginal constituencies in the run-up to the 2015 vote and politically punch above their weight.

More time, money and effort will be spent by political parties on marginal constituencies than in others. In these constituencies Cameron, Clegg and Miliband know that a few hundred votes going one way or another could decide, not only who gets to be the local MP, but essentially, who occupies Number 10. These are the places where deaf people could influence the election result and use that influence to bargain for better rights.

There are 28 marginal battleground constituencies where the sitting MP has a majority of less than 1,000 votes (plus Ed Balls’ constituency). The MPs and rival candidates are very keen to impress the voters – these are far from being safe seats.

In these constituencies, an alliance of only a few deaf hundred people and their supporters is all that’s needed to have the potential to sway the result and get the candidate’s full attention. What if the local deaf club, lip reading class, sign language class or deaf children’s society formed an alliance? Maybe that could be enough to make an impact and get the candidates and parties listening. It could be enough to get deaf people’s rights into a manifesto, if the alliances made their presence felt early enough.
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