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Deaf footballers from Harrow win bronze with Great Britain Deaf Women’s Football Team
A pair of deaf footballers have returned home after representing their country at the Deaflympics Games.
Premi Pushpalingham, 22, of Stanmore, and Mandy Tobin, 24, from North Harrow, returned home to show off her bronze medal from representing Great Britain Deaf Women’s Football Team.
Both players took part in the 22nd Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, where the team finished third behind second-placed Russia and winners the USA.
Ms Tobin said: “I felt honoured that my dream came true. It felt so nice to be recognised for my great achievement.
“It amazes me to look back to think we came third in worldwide deaf football which itself is something to be proud of.”
Ms Pushpalingham: “I was so shocked to receive a bronze medal. It was an amazing feeling to be part of the Deaflympics Games and even more special to win for our country.”
The pair were congratulated by the Mayor of Harrow Councillor Nana Asante last week, where they showed off their medals.
Asif Iqbal, president of Harrow Asian Deaf Club, which helped raise the money for Miss Pushpalingham to go to the tournament, congratulated the two players.
He said: “We have supported Premi in her efforts to fundraise money to fund her trip to Deaflympic and supporting Great Britain Deaf Women’s Football.
“We were ecstatic when we found out that Premi and Mandy gained a bronze medal. We are so proud of both as both are excellent role models to others.”
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