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NTID athletes compete at Deaflympics

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Scott Matchett, 
Erin LaFave and Scott Farrell, all RIT/NTID students, were part of the U.S. Team for the Deaflympics, held July 25 through Aug. 4 
in Sofia, Bulgaria.

LaFave, of Troy, Mich., won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Farrell, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Matchett, of Brighton, N.Y., were on the swim team.

“My experience in Bulgaria was 
excellent, especially experiencing
multiple kinds of sign language from each country,” Farrell said. “I loved 
the environment and was able to meet and embrace athletes from all over the world. I will never forget it.”

The Deaflympics are typically held every other year. In 2011, Farrell and Matchett competed in the World Deaf Swimming Championship in Portugal, where they took home medals.

“I represented the U.S. well by 
giving what I could give,” Farrell said. “Competing in the Deaflympics was a dream I’ve always had. I have achieved that and am proud to be a member of Team USA!”