Sarah hoping for more medal joy

Sarah Page of Ashington has been selected for the Great Britain football squad that will take part in the 2017 Deaflympics. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Sarah Page of Ashington has been selected for the Great Britain football squad that will take part in the 2017 Deaflympics. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A footballer from Ashington has achieved a hat-trick of selections after being chosen for the Great Britain 2017 Deaflympics squad.

Sarah Page, who was born profoundly deaf and is employed as a personal assistant, will be among thousands of athletes taking part in the international multi-sport event that will take place in Samsun, Turkey, in July.

At the age of six, she started to play football and she was with Blyth Town for a number of years – within the same team as Lucy Bronze, the Manchester City and England player – but as her disability started to impede her ability in a hearing team, she then became involved in the England deaf football squad and Great Britain deaf teams.

At the age of 16, she was the youngest person at the time to be selected to play for the England team in the Deaf World Cup in Greece in 2008 and she subsequently gained selection for the Great Britain deaf team at the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan.

Sarah was then selected for the Deaflympics in 2013, held in Bulgaria, where the team gained a bronze medal.

The 26-year-old has decided that the forthcoming Deaflympics will be her last due to age and work commitments. The team travel from Heathrow Airport on July 15 and face Brazil in their first game.

One of her grandfathers Tom Orr, was goalkeeper for Blyth Spartans for a number of years

Results and live feeds for the football matches can be viewed and followed on the website for the games – www.deaflympics.com