Deaf Player Aiming to Play against Federer, Nadal at Wimbledon

first_imgI magine the “thwack” of the racquet hitting the ball, the line judge calling “out”, the umpire declaring “deuce” and the crowd clapping and cheering.And now imagine being a professional tennis player and not hearing any of it.That is the reality for South Korean player Lee Duck-hee, who is deaf and is hoping to qualify for the main draw at next week’s Wimbledon.“I’m very proud of myself as being the only deaf professional tennis player in the world at the moment,” the 20-year-old told BBC Sport.“I feel huge responsibility that my every step as a tennis player will influence other deaf people. I hope my career could give them a hopeful message that they could also overcome their disability and make their dream come true.”Lee, who observes the way opponents swing for the ball as a way of reading the game and whose matches have been thrown off course because he has been confused by officials’ hand signals, reached a career-high ranking of 130 in April 2017.Now ranked 233, he has come agonisingly close to Grand Slam main draws, reaching the final round of qualifying at the French Open last month where he had two match points before losing in a third set tie-break.This week he takes part in the Wimbledon qualifying event at Roehampton, where he will need to win three matches to reach the tournament at the All England Club.Lee, at the 2014 US Open junior event, made his debut on the professional ITF Futures Tour at the age of 14From the moment he picked up a racquet at the age of seven because he had seen his cousin playing, Lee sought inventive ways to read the game he could not hear.He has said in the past that he was told he could never be a great player because he was deaf and that he sometimes felt like quitting but also wanted to prove the doubters wrong.“I focus on watching and expecting the opponent’s swing and movement, which needs very intensive concentration of my eyes and fast decision-making for the next move,” he said.“I try to watch other players’ matches on websites as much as possible when I have spare time – I need image training because it gives a better understanding than giving me verbal coaching, he added”Lee, who has not learned sign language, lip reads officials or looks at their hand signals – with often confusing and frustrating results.“Sometimes, I could not recognise whether it is ‘let’ or not because I cannot hear the sound from the net or the chair umpire’s call, which leads to me missing the first serve,” he said.“I rely on umpires’ hand signals, but they also sometimes give me a hard time when their hand signals differ from country to country, which often has an influence on the match results.“I could communicate simple English through lip-reading with other players. However, it is impossible for me to communicate with ATP officials and referees when there is the need for long conversation.”In the case of this interview, he has provided written responses through a translator.Not hearing the crowd – a possible advantage?Playing in front of a partisan crowd, there could be times when a player would really rather not hear the boos.“I think blocking out all potential distractions can be an advantage,” said tennis coach Judy Murray, mum of two-time Wimbledon champion Andy.And what about facing a deaf player on the other side of the net?“It is possible playing an opponent who has a disability can be a distraction,” said Murray.She has coached deaf players in the past and says it required her to take a different approach.“One of the biggest things I learned was to not shout instructions whether they were looking at me or if they had their back to me,” said Murray, who was speaking as part of UK Coaching’s Coaching Week earlier this month.“You get used to shouting the length of the tennis court, which is quite a big space but it helped me understand the impact of a really good demonstration.”Match officials also need to adapt when making the calls.“Deaf players are constantly looking at the umpire for scores and constantly checking the scoreboard,” line judge David Bayliss told BBC Sport.“But there are problems, if you have a net on serve they don’t always hear it and the umpire has to try and stop the rally.“And of course the player is focused, they are still watching the ball and still playing that point.”Will Lee ever achieve his Grand Slam dream?Lee says he has three “short-term” goals – breaking into the top 100, winning a Challenger title, and gaining direct entry to the main draws of ATP and Grand Slam tournaments.“Whenever I step on the court, I feel great,” he said.“Also, I am curious about the feeling of becoming a champion of Grand Slam. I strongly believe that a day when I become a champion of a major tournament is coming if I keep up with training and my skills improve.”He says his greatest achievement so far was reaching the final of the Kaohsiung Challenger in 2016, where he lost to Chung Hyeon – who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open this year and is ranked 20th in the world.Inspired to play tennis?He dreams of one day playing against world number one Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, who has praised him for his “strong determination and mental toughness.”Lee says the Spaniard invited him to practice with him at the French Open in 2014 and “couldn’t believe it” when he was first made aware of the South Korean.Judy Murray says she first saw Lee at the Australian Open in the juniors a couple of years ago and thinks he will be a great role model for other deaf players.“He plays incredibly well,” she said.“Disability is not about what you can’t do, but what you can do.“Clearly he had a huge talent and was not letting the fact that he couldn’t hear have any impact on where he wanted to go with his game and that was wonderful to see.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

United Way Of Thurston County Launches Online Volunteer Connection

first_imgSubmitted by United Way of Thurston CountyOLYMPIA – United Way of Thurston County launched a new volunteerism resource on January 1st.The community has been without a central hub where residents can seek out volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Connection is an online service designed to enable dedicated volunteers and service organizations to find each other as quickly and efficiently as possible.Volunteer Connection allows public and non-profit organizations to easily communicate their missions, services, and in-kind and volunteer needs, and enables volunteers to search for opportunities by agency, focus area, and zip-code. The site also includes support for large-scale group projects and multi-day events.On January 1st, Volunteer Connection went live on the United Way website, Users simply click on the VOLUNTEER button on the homepage.United Way’s goal with this service is to enable community members looking to give their time and efforts to quickly and easily find opportunities that align with their passions and interestsFor questions about Volunteer Connection, contact Isaac Wagnitz, at [email protected] Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Wild Ireland calls on animal lovers to help ‘bear’ cost of expansion

first_imgThe Wild Ireland animal sanctuary has won the hearts of countless children and adults in Donegal since it opened last month.Thousands have been flocking to see the brown bears, wolves, and the lynx that are being cared for at the Inishowen park – animals that were once native to Ireland thousands of years ago.Buncrana solicitor and zoologist Killian McLaughlin worked with international charities to rescue animals and bring them back to Ireland for rehabilitation and for educating people about welfare. After six years of development and planning, the park was opened in October. And now, Killian has tapped into the pawsitive reaction of the public to seek their help to expand the park.Killian launched a GoFundMe campaign this week to invite people to donate to Wild Ireland and help expand the park to accommodate even more animals.The target has been set at €100,000, with a steady stream of donations coming in from people who are inspired by the work that Killian has done. Killian McLaughlin with the three wolves of Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixThe three brown bears that live in Wild Ireland were rescued from a museum in Lithuania, while other animals were saved from the illegal pet trade and circuses. Other residents include otters, barbary macaque monkeys, foxes, red deer and many more.Naoise the Lynx at Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixBarbary Macaques at Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixOne of the bears at Wild Ireland. Photo: Northwest NewspixOne of the three Wolves at Wild Ireland. (North West Newspix)“We hope to expand our park, a natural temperate rainforest, to accommodate even more animals,and to give our existing residents even more space, as well as educating our visitors on the past, how these animals became extinct in Ireland, and educating them on conservation to ensure that further species do not disappear from the Irish landscape,” Killian wrote on the GoFundMe ‘Help Wild Ireland Grow’ page.“While visitor donations and admissions help pay for the maintenance of the park and the feeding, care and veterinary upkeep of the animals, further funds are needed. The development of Wild Ireland has been a dream of mine for years, and it will be a tremendous success in the future, and I need your help to do it.”The funding page is accepting individual donations and there is a number of options and rewards being made available to supporters. A high-level option is to sponsor an enclosure for €15,000.Meanwhile, a competition is underway at Wild Ireland to name the three brown bears. With over 1,000 suggestions being made on Facebook, the team will have their work cut out for them choosing the perfect names.Visit the GoFundMe campaign at: Wild Ireland calls on animal lovers to help ‘bear’ cost of expansion was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:wild irelandlast_img read more

Warriors Live: Get updates as Lillard, Blazers test Golden State Monday

first_imgScroll to the bottom of follow our live feed during the game.For probably the first time in about five years, the Warriors are coming off a feel-good defeat. Yes, times — as well as expectations — have changed for Golden State.The scrappy, young Warriors took a less than average Charlotte team to the end before losing 93-87 on Saturday night. The now 1-5 Warriors must deal with a much more explosive team … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Bafana frenzy grips the nation

first_imgBafana Bafana has captured the heartsof South Africans. The nation is behind the boys. “Fevah, go Bafana,” that’s her message. ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandelahas also voiced her message of support.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• SafaMorio SanyaneCommunications director+27 82 990 0835• Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121Bongani NkosiVuvuzelas blared from the residential block of flats in Sunnyside, Pretoria’s lively, cosmopolitan suburb. South Africans hung out of their windows and burst from the corridors to celebrate and blow their favourite plastic trumpets. It was a short-lived moment, but one I had been expecting.South Africa’s national football squad Bafana Bafana was playing Denmark in a friendly match that day, 5 June, and I had decided to go loll at a park in nearby Troy Street – I was against the idea of being glued to a television screen.I knew the noise made by the throng of football fans in the area would be a pretty good indication of the score: I anticipated a spirited round of vuvuzela toots for every Bafana goal, and a collective sigh of “aaaaahs” if our opponent scored.I was kept in suspense for some time, but eventually I heard the eruption of noise. I knew very well our boys had scored a critical goal – the only one of the match. It came in the 76th minute from striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela.The celebrations went on for about three minutes at that stage, but the lasting sense of excitement came as the referee blew the final whistle. We had won.The vuvuzelas were out again, and the hubbub resonated throughout central Pretoria. Masses of young football fans, clad in their Bafana gear, celebrated the victory with their trumpets, song and dance. And cars whizzing past showed their support too, with mini South African flags attached to their roof tops.It’s scenes like these that show the pride in the 23-man national squad, which will play the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a few days’ time.“We’re very elated and excited about what see throughout the country every day. Scores of people are wearing the Bafana jersey,” the team’s media officer Matlhomola Morake said.“[South Africans] are giving us courage,” Morake added. “We’d like to thank them and hope that this support will continue throughout the World Cup.”Support for Bafana is streaming in through various channels countrywide, as fans’ good-luck wishes are publicised on television, radio, newspapers, online social network sites and mobile phones. “That’s ayoba,” my colleague, Lesego Madumo, would say.‘We’re behind you’A day before the Demark clash, friends Mzukisi Zuzile and Masanda Nomeva joined hundreds of other South Africans outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress’ (ANC) headquarters, in Johannesburg to show their confidence in Bafana Bafana. And they weren’t shy about where their allegiances lay: “We’ll support them up until the end of the World Cup. South Africans will stand by them,” Nomeva said.“Bafana Bafana must play their hearts out, knowing very well that the nation is behind them,” Zuzile added.The team has gone without a loss in its last 12 matches, making the craze well-deserved. Notable wins include the 5 June Denmark friendly and a 5-0 record defeat of Thailand a few days’ before.The group stage matches involving Bafana were sold out even before World Cup ticket collection centres were opened, another indication of strong belief in the national side.This also means that vuvuzelas will be out in full force. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot,” Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said during his announcement of the final player selection on 1 June.The national team has been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay. It’s been tipped to pick up at least six points, but must win the first clash against Mexico to achieve this, experts say.Promise of victoryPresident of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani has promised the nation that Bafana will make it proud. He is confident that the team is well-prepared and ready to tackle the stiff competition.“The boys are ready … they will make us proud,” he said during the celebrations at Luthuli House.“Come the 11 June, Mexico won’t know what hit them.”South African politicians are showing they’re not immune to the Bafana frenzy either, with the ruling ANC and official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, both sending out messages of support.“Bafana, you carry the hopes and aspirations of all South Africans …” said ANC chairperson Baleka Mbethe, on behalf of her party. “We have complete confidence and trust in you.”Good dose of Madiba Magic President Jacob Zuma and Fifa head Sepp Blatter are among the legions of World Cup fans who are hoping that Nelson Mandela will make it to the tournament’s opening ceremony at Soccer City on 11 June.It’s still not entirely clear whether the frail, 91-year-old statesman will be there, but Zuma has said it will be a bonus if he is.“We have hope that Mandela will be there,” said Mbethe.Mandela’s presence will undoubtedly give Bafana Bafana a good dose of “Madiba Magic” ­– a term coined during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, when the then-president donned a replica of the captain’s jersey to spread national pride and show his support for the host team.He did the same during the African Cup of Nations a year later, and many say this helped inspire the South Africans to win both tournaments. In recent years South Africans have increasingly used Madiba, Mandela’s clan name, as a fond term of reference.The Bafana World Cup squad was introduced to their former president on 3 June at a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. On this day too, Mandela chose to wear the captain’s jersey.last_img read more

Maroons nip Tigers on Desiderio triple; Archers escape

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  ‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque PLAY LIST 01:32‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:18Why some freed inmates prefer to stay in jail01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Finding his team trailing by two points after being in control for most of the game, Paul Desiderio’s voice resonated during University of the Philippines’ huddle with five seconds remaining.“Atin na ‘to, pasok to (This game is ours, I’m making the shot),” the swingman told his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the second game, defending champion La Salle rode the hot hands of Aljun Melecio as it turned back Far Eastern U,95-90, in their first meeting since their infamous brawl in Davao three weeks ago.Melecio waxed hot with 29 points, while Andrei Caracut and Kib Montalbo contributed 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Archers who also got solid games from big men Abu Tratter and Prince Rivero in the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Mbala is away on international duty for Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket.The Archers came out aggressive, leading by as many as 23 points early on.While it was too close for comfort, the win was just the kind of game that Perasol liked since it achieved one of his targets when he took over the team last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Desiderio made good on his promise, hitting a fallaway triple off a well-designed inbound play as the Fighting Maroons eked out a 74-73 victory over a gritty University of Santo Tomas squad in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“During our last timeout, he called it,” said Perasol of his prized guard, who made just one of his 10 triples before the game winner. “He told me ‘coach, we will win, I’m making the shot’ because our instruction was if you’re open at the three-point area, take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDesiderio’s shot with 1.4 ticks left capped a wild finish where both teams bungled possessions.“I was taking so many shots,” said the Cebuano guard, who made just six of his 20 shots. “Why would I shy away from taking the last shot?” LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Menor’s record win Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “The UP community may not care what happened during the game, but it generated excitement,” said Perasol.The Maroons led by as many as 11 points in the second half only for the Tigers to come roaring back in the fourth period to dispel notions that they aren’t good enough to contend this season.“A lot of people are not giving UST a chance but it can give teams a fight,” Perasol said.UP 74 – UST 73UP 74—Desiderio 17, Vito 9, Webb 7, Gomez de Liano Ju 7, Manzo 6, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Ouattara 4, Lim 4, Prado 4, Dario 4, Lao 4, Romero 2, Harris 0.UST 73—Lee 20, Akomo 15, Sta. Ana 11, Soriano 8, Huang 6, Garcia 5, Faundo 4, Arana 2, De Guzman 2, Basibas 0, Caunan 0, Kwawukumey 0, Macasaet 0, Romero 0.Quarters: 18-19, 42-33, 57-57, 74-73LA SALLE 95 – FEU 90DLSU 95—Melecio 29, Caracut 16, Montalbo 12, Tratter 11, Santillan 9, Ricci Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Go 3, Prince Rivero 2, Paraiso 2, Capacio 0.FEU 90—Dennison 21, Comboy 13, Orizu 12, Tuffin 10, Cani 7, Tolentino 7, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Escoto 5, Trinidad 3, Nunag 0, Ebona 0, Bienes 0.Quarters: 29-11, 47-32, 73-54, 95-90 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READlast_img read more

Somdev reaches South African Open final

first_imgCommonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman reached his first ATP final in two years after beating local wild card entrant Izak Van der Merwe in straight sets in the South African Open here.The 25-year-old rising Indian star scored a 6-2 6-4 win over the South African to progress to his second career final at the Montecasino Entertainment Centre. His first one being in Chennai in 2009 where he lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.The victory has moved the Indian within sniffing distance of accumulating 250 ATP World Tour points and pocketing USD 76,500 first prize money.In the summit clash, Somdev will face fourth seed South African Kevin Anderson who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannrino 6-7(3) 6-0 6-4 in the other semifinal match.Last year, Somdev was eliminated in straight sets by Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage.Somdev wasted little time in winning the first set in just 39 minutes, breaking serve in the first and third games.Merwe, much taller to his Indian opponent, rallied in the second set but Somdev broke again in the seventh game when his rival ended a rally with a tame shot into the net.Somdev has so far dropped just one set at the tournament.last_img read more

Emery plays down Neymar-to-Madrid rumours

first_imgTransfers Neymar-to-Madrid rumours won’t shake PSG, says Emery Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:21 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Neymar-cropped AFP Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Los Blancos, but his manager said those rumours will not unsettle Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted the Ligue 1 giants would not be shaken by rumours Neymar is set to join Real Madrid.Neymar, 25, is reportedly a target for the La Liga club despite having only joined PSG from Barcelona in a world-record move in August.Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore have already been punished by PSG after returning late from the mid-season break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Emery said his team — who face Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League — would not be distracted by rumours surrounding Neymar.”The group is strong with a great mentality. They were strong when it came to both games in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, and they remain like this in their preparation for the game against Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.”The players are smart and the club have gained experience. I also have experience and I know that people from outside can disrupt us… some people who may have some interest in doing so.”For example, if you read today the first sport newspaper in Spain, the cover is that Neymar is going to Real Madrid. These things don’t shake us.”The players, the staff, the coach, the technical staff. We know our way, our path. We know who from outside… we know who wants destabilise us but we are strong, whatever has been told outside or what happens inside.”We are protecting ourselves well. It’s true that some little things happened after the holidays, but it’s only 10 per cent [of the club].”We’ll come back soon to normality.”Neymar has made an impressive start to his PSG career, scoring 20 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.PSG hold a nine-point lead atop Ligue 1 ahead of a trip to Nantes on Sunday.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Canada selling its 19 stake in the Terra Nova offshore oil

first_imgCALGARY – Exxon Mobil Corp. says its Canadian arm has put up for sale its 19 per cent interest in the Terra Nova offshore oil project 350 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador.Spokeswoman Suann Guthrie confirms that the company is marketing its stake after a review of its portfolio to ensure it meets its strategic objectives.She says the decision has no impact on Exxon’s other assets in Canada and adds the company will remain a long-term investor in the province.ExxonMobil Canada is the operator of the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil project off Newfoundland and Labrador, which pumped its first oil in November, and a part owner of the Hibernia offshore project. It operates the Sable offshore natural gas project in Nova Scotia which is being decommissioned due to production declines.Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods said in January the company would invest more than US$50 billion over the next five years to expand its business in the United States, helped by reduced U.S. federal taxes on corporations.Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the operator of Terra Nova with a 38 per cent stake. Production began in 2002.Companies in this story include: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Soft drinks, water help Coca-Cola beat sales and profit estimates

first_imgGeorgia: Coca-Cola Co beat estimates for quarterly sales and profit on Tuesday, as it sold more water and soft drinks, including its signature soda and Coke Zero, sending its shares up 4 percent before the bell. After facing years of declines in soda sales, beverage makers are attracting consumers with flavored waters, reformulated recipes, new fruity flavors and low-sugar drinks. Volumes, a key indicator of demand, grew 2 percent in the first quarter ended March 29, driven by strength in its Asian and European markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOrganic sales, which exclude the impact of currency swings and acquisitions, rose 6 percent. Price hikes and stockpiling by its bottlers due to Brexit uncertainty also helped sales. Revenue rose 5 percent to $8.02 billion, and the company earned 48 cents per share on an adjusted basis. Analysts had forecast earnings of 46 cents per share on revenue of $7.88 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES. Net income attributable to the company rose to $1.68 billion, or 39 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 29 from $1.37 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.last_img read more