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U.S. Women's Deaf Soccer Team to Train in Atlanta

This week's Resource Center news comes from the U.S. Women's Deaf Soccer Team, which is beginning training for the 2005 Dealympics under the tutelage of head coach John Sisterson and assistant coach Ken MacDonald. For more information on the team please feel free to contact team representative Ms. Lizzie Sorkin ( or president Christos Nicholas (

U.S. Women's Deaf Soccer Team to Train in Atlanta
Head Coach John Sisterson to Prepare Women's Team for 2005 Deaflympics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, August 14, 2003) –  The U.S. Women’s Deaf Soccer Team will hold a three-day training camp in Atlanta from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, 2003. The team, which is being lead by head coach John Sisterson and assistant coach Ken MacDonald, is in the early stages of preparation for the Deaflympics, being staged in Melbourne, Australia in January of 2005.

With 27 years of coaching experience in Europe and the United States, Sisterson brings vast experience to the U.S. team.  He has previously coached for the national governing body in England (the English F.A.), participating in their Coaching Education Scheme in the North East of England. He was recruited by the Upson Board of Education and Upson Soccer Association of Atlanta to improve their community and high school soccer programs.

Assistant Ken MacDonald, also a native of England brings on board considerable amounts of experience from Europe and the USA. MacDonald has been involved in the game at different levels up to semiprofessional in England for 40 years.

Currently, both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams are preparing for the Melbourne, Australia, 2005 Deaflympics. The Men’s Deaf National Team is also preparing for the Third Pan-Am Games for the Deaf (PANAMDES) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 19-28, 2003. Only the two top finishers in the four-team group of Argentina, Canada, Chile and the U.S. will qualify for the 2005 Deaflympics.

For more information on the Deaflympics, visit For more information on the Pan-Am Games for the Deaf, visit

USADSA’s objectives in preparing for the 2005 Deaflympics are to participate in a number of international tournament and training camps to help create cohesion between the large number of rookies and veterans on the squad.

USADSA became an affiliate member of U.S. Soccer in October 2001, and works closely with the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and U.S. Soccer to promote the sport of soccer, as well as the activities of their deaf athletes.

“The purpose of USADSA is to foster national and/or international amateur sports competition, particularly in the field of soccer; to elevate and sustain the professional character of its members, to disseminate knowledge pertaining to the advancement of soccer among the deaf and hearing impaired population of the United States," said Christos Nicholas, President of USA Deaf Soccer Association.

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