Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Off to Taiwan

A University of Montana journalism student is one of more than a dozen college journalism students headed to Taiwan to cover the 21st Summer Deaflympics. Hugh Carey was selected to join the USA Deaf Sports Federation’s media team as a photojournalist.

Born deaf, Carey learned ASL but stopped using it after attending third grade when he received hearing aids and being encouraged to learn to lip-read. Carey says he’ll try to relearn the language. An athlete himself, he participated in last year’s Ultimate Frisbee Championships in Florida.

Nearly 4,000 athletes from 81 countries are expected to take part in next month’s Deaflympics, in Taipei City starting September 5th.