Sofia Deaflympics Final Update
The 2013 Sofia Deaflympics have come to a close. Daniel Harborne was not in Sofia to witness the closing of the Deaflympics, because he was already on his way back to New Zealand. The Opening Ceremony was held at Vasil Levski Stadium where Talor Gilmer competed in Athletics. However you can watch a recording of the live stream on YouTube.
On the 31st July, Santana Chapman had her 50m breaststroke, and the next day on the 1st August, she had he 50m freestyle. She did not qualify for the finals. Santana impressed everyone during her first Deaflympics campaign. She timed a few new personal best times, and this is really promising to see. Santana had only 18 months of training, and has been able to be competitive. She is only 15 years of age, and should be available for the next Deaflympics in 4 years time.
On the 31st July, Daniel Carruthers had his Individual Road Race. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the Men’s Individual Road race. Daniel was the first cyclist over the finish line beating 3 other cyclists behind him, with the rest of the field further back. But after the race, there was a protest made by Team Russia (who arrived second over the line) that as everyone was sprinting towards the finish line, Daniel was blocking the Russian cyclist from passing him. Unfortunately their protest succeeded and Daniel was demoted to fourth, missing out on a medal. Daniel was devastated, but he still believes that he should have been awarded the Gold medal, and he knows that he was first over the line. On the 2nd August, Daniel had his final race in the Points Race. He managed to score 8 points to get a ranking of 8th. Daniel did New Zealand proud, and he should be proud of his achievements at these Deaflympics.
On the 2nd August, Talor Gilmer had his 800m qualifying heat. He was not able to qualify for the semi finals. Talor Gilmer also impressed us, especially with his 1,500m run. Talor is another young athlete who should be able to give the Deaflympics another crack in 4 years time in 2017.
With all the races completed, our athletes are able to relax and enjoy their time. There was the opening ceremony, and some of the athletes went on to enjoy a European holiday.
We thank everyone in New Zealand, and around the world for following the New Zealand Deaflympics team. Thank you.
We would like to end the 2013 Sofia Deaflympics updates with a video clip from the outgoing ICSD President, Craig Crowley.