USA Deaf Sports Federation Together We Win Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:20:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 102157319 USA Athletes Officially Chosen for 2019 Deaflympics in Valtellina-Valchiavenna, Italy Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:20:29 +0000 USA Deaf Sports Federation Team Announced
76 Athletes, Coaches and Staff to Represent USA at 2019 Deaflympics

Washington, D.C. (PRESS RELEASE) – The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) proudly announces its 76-member delegation slated to represent the United States at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics, scheduled for December 12-21 in Valtellina-Valchiavenna, Italy. USADSF athletes will compete in all 6 sports offered: hockey, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, curling and chess.

Team USA is comprised of 42 athletes, 20 coaches/staff and 14 USADSF delegation members who support team operations. All USADSF athletes are deaf or hard of hearing, competing together under the United States flag.

Various individual and team sporting events will be held in and around Valtellina – Valchiavenna. Chiavenna is the official headquarters. Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowboarding will be held in Santa Caterina Valfurva. Chess and Ice Hockey will be held in Chiavenna. Curling will be held in Madesimo.

Sorenson Communications, Gallaudet University and Keepsake Quilts are the official sponsors of USADSF at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics.

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Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Deaflympics. Alternating between summer and winter Deaflympics, this event is the flagship event of the Deaflympics movement, which promotes inclusion, equality, and acceptance around the world.

Approximately over 1200 athletes and officials are expected to attend this 10-day festival of elite sports and cultural events. In addition, this event will attract at least 1,000 Deaflympic supporters, spectators, family of competitors and international and national visitors.

Under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, this event has a long and proud history, commencing in 1924 in Paris, France. The last edition of Winter Deaflympics was held in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk, the Russian Federation in 2015 and they achieved a new record in the number of participating countries.

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Thank you for considering giving back on #GivingTuesday. Generosity is a universally held value that brings us together. It lets us come closer together and build stronger communities. Now, more than ever, we need to lift up and celebrate those values that bring us together.

Your gift today helps to alleviate the financial burden on athletes and teams who represent the U.S. in international competition. For example, in years past, the international competition budget included the costs of sending USADSF staff.  This year for the 2019 Winter Deaflympics we were able to remove the following expenses from athletes’ overall costs:

  • USADSF removed the cost of USADSF staff in athletes’ budget.

  • USADSF is covering the costs to send a 6-person media team including the “well-known” Daily Moth reporting team.

  • USADSF is providing an interpreter, team doctor, and a trainer whose expenses are removed.

  • USADSF incurred other increased expenses (apparel, insurance, flights,etc) but was able to cover these additional costs without increasing the athletes’ budget.

In perspective, we are “saving” money for Team USA (athletes, coaches and directors) by continuing to decrease their overall budget, resulting in less financial burdens on the athletes.  With your support, we plan to continue this trend therefore allowing U.S. deaf and hard of hearing athletes to focus more on training and competing to bring home the GOLD! Thank you for being a part of our team!

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Jameson Crane III, Executive Director
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USADSF interviews Sylvya Boyd, 1965 Deaflympian Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:53:26 +0000

USADSF interviewed Sylvya Boyd (Littleton), who shares her Deaflympic journey with our Director of Development, Jeff Wolfe. Sylvya competed in the 1965 Deaflympics, then known as the World Games for the Deaf, in the 100m freestyle event.

JEFF WOLFE: I’ll now be interviewing a Deaflympian here in Nashville, Tennessee. So, first off, who are you and where are you from?

SYLVYA BOYD: I’m from Nashville, Tennessee. While I was growing up, I moved around a lot and went to 3 different residential schools for the Deaf, where I’ve been swimming for the majority of my life.

WOLFE: So you’re a Deaflympian; which Deaflympics were you involved in?

BOYD: I was a part of the 1965 Deaflympics in Washington, D.C. where Gallaudet University is located.

WOLFE: How did you end up in the Deaflympics after swimming for most of your life?

BOYD: For all my life, I’d always competed against hearing teams. While I moved to different states, I’d always join their swimming teams. My mission was to make it to the Olympics. That was my dream and finally when I was 14, I moved to Arizona School for the Deaf. I saw that they had a swimming pool on campus! I was so excited that I asked the PE teacher if I could swim laps for 15 minutes before the class started. I was really itching to get into the water and my PE teacher was fine with it!

I put on my swim gear under my school clothes. After class, I’d run as fast as I could across campus into the pool facility. After I got my school clothes off, I’d jump in and do laps. It felt so good for me. The PE teacher was amazed by how fast I was! Then the teacher asked the track coach who had participated in the 1961 Deaflympics in Helsinki, Finland. He asked me if he could time me while I swam laps. After he did, he told me I had an incredible time worthy of a spot in the Deaflympics.

I had no idea that we had a Deaflympics! The track coach explained that I could strive to qualify for Deaflympics instead of the Olympics. I was so excited and I was ready to get to work because the next Deaflympics was to take place the following year! I practiced and practiced in preparation for the Deaflympics, actually it was 2 years ahead of us. I was up for it then a year later, I went to California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) where they were hosting Deaflympics tryouts. I easily got first place there. I beat out all the deaf swimmers there. Hearing swimmers were more of a challenge for me, but the deaf swimmers, no real competition. Then I made it on the US Deaflympics team.

During that following year, I had a coach assigned to me so we trained together at the YMCA in Tucson, Arizona. I trained there every weekend for that whole year.

WOLFE: So many people have said that the 1965 Deaflympics is the best that they’ve ever experienced. Would you agree?

BOYD: I don’t know what they’re talking about. It was the only Deaflympics I went to.

WOLFE: I’m curious to hear more about what the experience was like for you competing in the Deaflympics?

BOYD: Okay, before I went to the Deaflympics, I got sick and it made me miss a lot of practices. I had to catch up with the missed training until I started the 3-week Deaflympic trials. I met a lot of foreigners, swimmers from France, Italy, Germany and Russia. I tried to communicate with them by gesturing and I ended up making friends. I continued to practice and then 3 days before the actual competition, I got really sick again, with bronchitis and high fever. I got some medication and tried to get healthy. On the following Monday, I was healthy and ready to go, but I’d already missed so many practices. I had no choice but to move forward with competing. After all of us swimmers lined up and got the cue, we dove in and were off to the races. I was in the lead until I arrived to the other side of the pool. I misjudged the distance between myself and the wall so I didn’t launch myself like I should have. This caused me to fall back behind the pack and I ended up losing. At the 2nd competition, I was too sick to do anything so I had to withdraw from the competition. I was replaced by someone from Connecticut who ended up winning 1st place! I could’ve beaten them all, but that’s something I will have to accept. After all I’ve been through, I have no regrets. I had an incredible experience and I got to meet new friends from countries like France along with athletes from Germany, Italy and all over. I liked meeting people, making new friends and learning international signs. I enjoyed the rich experience I had throughout those 3 weeks.

WOLFE: Thank you for your time and I’m sure that many people out there will enjoy your inspirational story!

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USADSF Seeking Athletes and Coaches for USA Deaf Badminton Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:22:15 +0000 USA Badminton

USA Deaf Sports Federation is seeking to grow the USA Deaf Badminton Team. We are actively seeking athletes and coaches for consideration to participate in upcoming competitions. If you are an athlete, a coach, or know someone who is an athlete or coach, please contact us at

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USADTF Selects New Head Coach for 2021 Deaflympics Team Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:33:40 +0000 USADTF - Dave Frank

USADTF – Dave Frank

After interviews with several candidates, USA Deaf Track & Field (USADTF) is pleased to announce its new head coach, Dave Frank of Frederick, MD to lead its national track & field team in preparation for the 2020 World Championships and 2021 Summer Deaflympics.

Frank contributed to the organization in various capacities. He was the head coach for the Youth PanAMDES Games in Montreal, Canada in 2004 and at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC in 2006. He was also the long distance coach for the 2012 World Championships in Toronto, Canada and 2013 Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. Besides coaching, he also provided assistance in other areas, including fundraising.

USADTF is thus far pleased with Frank’s promising leadership as he is already making plans, including assembling his coaching staff and beginning the process of forming a team of athletes.

USADTF interviewed Frank with the following questions:

– I feel honored to be selected for this exciting opportunity, especially to be able to carry on the legacy of outgoing Head Coach Thomas Withrow. He played a huge role in the growth of the sport of Deaf Track & Field in his 40 years as an athlete, assistant coach and head coach. His passion for and dedication to this sport are to be admired. With the Withrow era ending on a strong note, I hope to continue to improve the overall USADTF program and strengthen the sport of Deaf Track & Field in the next two years.

– It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with knowledgeable specialty coaches whose objective is to see that the USA team continue to compete at the highest possible international level in a cohesive manner.

– I want to continue to be able to give back to the Deaf community, as Deaf sports has been a very important part of my life for decades.

– Recruit and retain athletes who have the potential to medal in the 2021 Summer Deaflympics for each event and athletes who are in the development phase with the realistic goal to participate in future Deaflympics.

– Assure that all athletes are in constant training to remain in top shape to strive to reduce their personal best times or increase their personal best distances/heights.

– Teamwide/countrywise, win as many medals as possible in the 2020 World Championships and 2021 Summer Deaflympics.

– Assure that each athlete/coach represent USA with pride and patriotism at all times.

– I do not foresee any major changes in the immediate future. Changes may be made as time goes on.

– As in the previous last few Deaflympics, I plan to welcome only those who have met the “A” standards (who have the potential to medal) and those who meet the “B” standards (development phase). Those who strive to make the Deaflympics team and do not meet those standards are highly encouraged to continue to train and compete to reach them.

– Fundraising continues to be a challenge for the organization. It puts a burden on the athletes and coaches to have to raise their own funds, which distracts from their ability to focus on their sport.

– Lack of awareness among some local deaf athletes who may not be aware of their opportunities with USADTF. My goal is to make a better effort to reach out to more of these athletes who may be a good fit for the team.

Please join USADTF to congratulate Head Coach Dave Frank!

ATHLETES: 2020 World Championships and 2021 Summer Deaflympics application is now open. To apply, for a spot on the USA Team, click here for details.

To make donations to USADTF, click here.

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USA Volleyball Donates Gear to USA Deaf Volleyball Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:16:10 +0000 BY BILL KAUFFMAN (BILL.KAUFFMAN@USAV.ORG)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2019) – USA Volleyball announced today that it will be donating over $12,000 in athletic gear to the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team, which is striving to reach gold on its own Path to the Podium.

The USA Deaf Volleyball Team has had recent success on the international stage. In 2016, the team defeated Ukraine to claim its first World Championship title in over 20 years. After finishing with bronze at the 2017 Deaflympics, the U.S. has turned its attention to winning November’s Pan Am Games in Brazil, which carries an automatic berth into the 2021 Deaflympics. The team will furthermore be traveling to Milan, Italy, in June 2020 to defend its World Championship.

“USA Volleyball is proud to be providing this much needed gear to USA Deaf Volleyball as they prepare for November’s Pan Am Games in Brazil and the eventual 2021 Deaflympics,” USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said. “As the sport’s National Governing Body, providing aid to hearing impaired volleyball players further extends our mission to grow diversity and inclusion in our sport and to support volleyball players representing Team USA across the globe.”

USA Volleyball will be providing gear kits for the entire team and coaching staff including new uniforms, warm-up suits, T-shirts, shoes, knee pads, leggings, socks and backpacks.

“The USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team is grateful to USA Volleyball for its support and partnership,” said USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Lynn Boren. “It is inspiring to have our sport’s national organization supporting diversity and competition at all levels and abilities. We thank USA Volleyball and look forward to building our relationship for years to come.”

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Phillip Smith Jr. Chats with USADSF about USA Deaf Bowling’s Bronze Medal at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:13:53 +0000


Jeff Wolfe, USADSF Director of Development: Hi, I’m looking forward to interviewing you so we can find out more about who you are. First, tell me your name, who are you and where are you from?

Phillip Smith, Jr.: Okay, hey, my name is Phillip Smith Jr. I’m from Oakland, California in the northern region. I grew up there, and that’s pretty much who I am.

Wolfe: Awesome, so you just recently came back from the World Championships, where exactly was that hosted?

Smith: The World Championship was actually hosted in Taiwan. It was my first time there and also the longest flight I ever experienced. It was amazing. What I want to do, my goal– oh, right, I forgot to show you something!

Wolfe: That’s amazing! Congratulations.

Smith: Okay, now before we get started, I got to look pretty here! Because you know I’ve got my USA brothers watching me now!

Wolfe: And so you flew all the way there, and it was your first long distance flight.
After you had arrived, from there was your overall experience exceptional?

Smith: The team, wow, our vibes. I had been spending time with people I already knew, but then two new people later joined. We immediately bonded. We stuck together, ate together and talked together. We all understood the reason why we were there. That’s why we got one of these.

Wolfe: You played 6 games altogether, right?

Smith: Yes.

Wolfe: So then by maybe the 4th or 5th game, I don’t remember, how did you guys rally for 3rd place?

Smith: Well, these 4th and 5th games, it was really, some of us were having struggles, you know. We saw our positioning, where we stood, we really felt like, “We can do this!” We can do this! Because we just got together and talked about how to keep our faith, stay strong and talked about how to keep our mentality strong.

I know we got 3rd place. But I admit what we really wanted was that gold. So, that’s why it’s going to be our goal for the next four years. But now we have the Deaflympics coming up so that’s what I want to do.

Wolfe: Now you’ve won your medal and stood up on that podium. Standing there, representing the United States, how did you feel about that?

Smith: Man! Want me to show you how I felt then? Getting this flag! Just seeing our flag being hung up when I was there! That was, it didn’t matter if we got 1st or 2nd place,
our flag was up there!

Wolfe: That’s awesome, and how did you get involved in the first place?
Did you bowl growing up, or did you pick up bowling later in life?

Smith: When I was growing up into my teenage years, we moved to another city. That was where I saw a bowling alley. I was curious so I went inside myself without my mom. When I saw the inside, I was very excited. I felt like going up the table there. There was one man, he was cool and he knew how to sign. His name was Mike Richards. He was hearing. He knew how to sign, though it was mostly fingerspelling. So when he saw me,
he tried to communicate with me by gesturing. He gave me all the information I needed about bowling. That really helped me get my bowling league started. He trained me.

Wolfe: So do you pay out of pocket for everything yourself, or do you try to find support and collect funds for your trip?

Smith: It’s really both. It was very… difficult really, because of the limited time we have. And we need to make sure we get what we need. So the time frame was what seemed to make it hard, you know.

Wolfe: It’s tough to raise the money, right? For these events you’re competing in.

Smith: Oh yes. Since you’re working full-time and practicing on the side too. Yes. You must practice, but you don’t have the time to ask everyone for funds to support you.

Wolfe: Exactly! But with that kind of funding we have to raise,
I know that’s really hard.

Smith: Sometimes it was last minute too. I don’t know.

Wolfe: You’re not the only one! I’ve talked with many athletes who have experienced this
same situation and it’s tough. Our goal here at USADSF is to support you, the athletes, with your future goals in raising funds. My job is to raise money for you.

Smith: Good!

Wolfe: So our athletes can focus full-time on their training and bring home that gold!

Smith: I will love you for that!

Wolfe: I know it’s not easy, but we will arrive there at some point. Keep going with your fundraising and we’ll try to meet you where you are.

Any other hobbies you like doing?

Smith: Really everyone knows who I am, maybe not everyone, but the new faces will know me as “Chef Smith”. That doesn’t mean I’m just a chef. I love to barbecue. I also have membership to the Raiders organization, you know the football team? I can get in early at the gate where there’s a sign with the title that reads “Bad Boys of BBQ” right there. It’s very famous. A lot of people show up, a lot, maybe over 300-400 people, let’s say.

Wolfe: I know you’re a working man and you have a busy day tomorrow too,
so thank you for your time. I’m sure there are a lot of fans that are really looking forward to seeing you and enjoying your comments. I really appreciate you working so hard for the USA in bringing home a medal. I know the goal is going to be a gold medal in 4 years, right? — Oh, I mean 2 years. Thank you for everything!

Smith: Really, thank you for inviting me for this interview. I’m all about representing my Deaf brothers in the USA. We’re representing you guys and you represent us. We’re representing our country, our individual states and our life of bowling. I really love you all and, actually let me show you something.

Wolfe: That’s great! That’s cool! I like that!

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Numerous American Records Fall as USA Deaf Swimming Completes Strong Showing at the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:01:17 +0000 SAO PAULO, BRAZIL—On Saturday August 31, the Americans closed out a strong performance at the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships at the Centro Brasileiro Paralimpico in São Paulo, Brazil. Through six days of competition, the 2019 squad, consisting of veterans and first-time competitors, set a series of new personal bests and American records, which bodes well for the future of USA Deaf Swimming. 


Emily Massengale celebrates the Americans’ first medal, a bronze in the Women’s 400 Freestyle (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)

On day one, eight Americans, including three first-timers, made the finals of their events and swam their personal bests in the final. Molly Linkins’ time of 2:43.69 in the Women’s 200 Breaststroke smashed Jessica Weeden’s American record of 2:50.29, set by Jessica Weeden in 2009. On that same evening, Emily Massengale’s personal best of 4:43.27 in the Women’s 400 Freestyle, behind Russia’s Polina Bilalova (Gold) and Victorya Terentyeva (Silver), earned the first bronze medal for the Americans.

The second day saw another American record fall as Collin Davis’ 8:52.04 in Men’s 800 Freestyle eclipsed Brian Bennett’s 2007 time of 9:04.68 and earned Davis a fifth-place finish. Massengale again headlined the Americans with another silver medal in the Women’s 200 Backstroke with a personal best time of 2:24.76, behind Russia’s Olga Kliuchnikova, who shattered the World Championship record with a time of 2:19.80. The Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 5th with a time of 4:07.51.


Emily Massengale (left) poses with her silver medal following the Women’s 200 Backstroke. Russia’s Olga Kliuchnikova’s gold medal performance shattered the World Championship record with a time of 2:19.80 (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)


American Molly Likins stands on the podium following her silver medal performance in the Women’s 50 Breaststroke (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)

The next day saw Massengale edge Japan’s Ikuha Nakahigashi to take her second silver and third medal of the Championships with a personal best time of 18:45.43 in the Women’s 1500M Freestyle. In the Women’s 50 Breaststroke, Molly Likins broke her own American Deaf Record of 34.11 set during the preliminary heat earlier on the same morning, with a time of 33.66 in the final to capture the silver behind Ukraine’s Mariia Rezhylo, whose time of 31.97 set a new Deaf World Record. In the Women’s 200 Butterfly, Carli Cronk, just thirteen years old and the youngest member of the American squad, captured the silver—her first medal—with a personal best time of 2:29.67, giving the Americans three silver medals on day three.


Youngster Carli Cronk captured the silver in Women’s 200 Butterfly (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)


Cooper Willets poses with South Africa’s Terence Parkin, Olympic silver medalist and most decorated Deaflympian of all time (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)

On day four, Cronk narrowly missed a medal in the Women’s 200 Freestyle with a fourth-place finish and a personal best time of 2:14.22. In the Men’s 200 Breaststroke, Cooper Willetts narrowly missed a bronze medal in the finals when Russia’s Nikita Semin out-touched him at the wall. Willets finished fourth, just ahead of South Africa’s Terence Parkin, an Olympic silver medalist and the most decorated Deaflympian of all time.

Cronk got things going for the Americans on Day 5 with a bronze in the Women’s 800 Freestyle with a time of 9:39.96, and added to her medal haul with a time of 1:06.20 in the Women’s 100 Butterfly, good for another bronze and her third medal of the World Championships. Likins also claimed her second silver medal by breaking her own Deaf American Record in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke, set earlier in the day, with a time of 1:14.36. The Women’s 400 Medley Relay team of Massengale, Likins, Brooke Thompson, and Kaitlyn Weatherby set a new Deaf American Record with a time of 4:33.08 in the finals, finishing fourth just behind Belarus. The quartet’s time eclipsed the previous American Record, set by Massengale, Likins, Elizabeth Cocker, and Alyssa Greymont at the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. 

On the final day, Emily Massengale added to her medal total with a silver in the Women’s 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:06.98. Massengale’s silver was the swimmer’s third of the Championships and fourth medal overall. In the marquee event of the World Championships, the 4×100 relay, the Men’s lineup of Daniel Pletenets, Cooper Willetts, Matthew Zou, and Collin Davis narrowly missed medaling with a fourth-place finish.


Collin Davis, shown here in the Men’s 200 Backstroke, set a new Deaf American Record in the Men’s 800 Freestyle

The Americans finished fifth overall in the total medal count, with no gold medals, six silver medals, and three bronze medals, giving the team a total of nine medals. Russia finished atop the medal standings, with 26 gold, 13 silver, and 11 bronze, for 50 medals total. Ukraine finished second, with 20 medals total (3 gold), followed by Japan (6 gold), and Poland, with 13 overall (3 gold).

With eight athletes under the age of eighteen, including seven first-time National Team members, the future looks bright for USA Deaf Swimming. Coached by Brad Robbins, Head Coach, from Tigard Tualatin Swim Club in Oregon; and Chris Daly, Assistant Coach, from Chico Aquajets in Chico, California, the team consists of returning athletes Liz Cocker, Molly Likins, Kaitlyn Weatherby, Emily Massengale, Tyler Brown, Cooper Willetts, and Matthew Zou and new team members Daniel Pletenets, Collin Davis, Carli Cronk, Samantha Fujii, Trysta Duerson, Brooke Thompson, and Anquniece Wheeler.


2019 USA Deaf Swimming National Team (Photo courtesy USA Deaf Swimming)

USA Deaf Swimming National Team Members


Elizabeth Cocker (California)* Kaitlyn Weatherby (New Jersey)*
Carli Cronk (Texas) Anquniece Wheeler (Michigan)
Trysta Duerson (Oklahoma) Tyler Brown (Kentucky)*
Samanth Fujii (California) Collin Davis (North Carolina)
Molly Likins (Michigan)* Daniel Pletenets (Florida)
Emily Massengale (Florida)* Cooper Willetts (Texas)*
Brooke Thompson (Michigan) Matthew Zou (Maryland)*

*Returning team member

For more recaps of USA Deaf Swimming at the World Championships, visit

For complete results, visit the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships website:

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USA Bowling Captures Bronze in the Team Event at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships! Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:46:33 +0000 MOteam_usa_bronze.jpg

USA poses with the Team Bowling Bronze medal at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (Photo courtesy of Terence Yaw / Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf)  

Written by Robert Ellison, USA Deaf Bowling 

TAOYUAN CITY, CHINESE TAIPEI—Team USA captured the Bronze Medal at the 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships in Chinese Taipei, held from August 1 to 12, 2019 at Da Taoyuan Bowling in Taoyuan City.

The bowling championship started with official practices on August 1st and with official practice and an opening ceremony August 2nd. We will have singles competition will start the next morning. One hundred eighty bowlers from 27 countries competed for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters competition. 

Pierre Bocquet of Denmark defeated Kim Teck Han of South Korea to capture the Gold. In the Men’s Masters, Han defeated Germany’s Duda 2-1 to capture the Gold. John Wukasch was the top-performing American, who finished 32nd in the Singles standings and had a combined average of 200.71 over all rounds.

However, the Americans’ chemistry proved strong and things fell together in the Team competition, where the Americans qualified for the semifinals but fell to South Korea, the eventual world champions by a score of 212-178.

Team USA is comprised of the following bowlers: Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA. 

The World Deaf Bowling Championships is a combined event – men and women – something that happens every four years. The last World Men’s Championships took place in Bologna, Italy in 2015.  For more information about the 2019 World Championships, visit the event website.


USA Men’s Team is comprised of Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA.

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2005 Deaflympian Jon Kessel Describes the Impact of Supporting Our Athletes Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:18:28 +0000

Jon Kessel, a wrestler with team USA for the 2005 Deaflympics (Melbourne) shares his thoughts on the impact of supporting our athletes.
TRANSCRIPT: Hello, I’m Jon Kessel; I was a Deaflympian myself, in 2005, when I wrestled for the US. Looking back now, I can say it was an amazing experience. I felt like the wrestling team was like a family and I hold them dear to my heart. Today, even though I haven’t been in touch with many of my former teammates, we still have that bond.
There’s one thing I want to say about raising funds. It’s very important to us because this allows our athletes to set aside their financial worries so they can focus on their training.
They would be able to get stronger physically, become more mentally sharp and put in the preparation it takes to bring home these gold medals to the USA!
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