Friday, April 29, 2011

A deaf champion: Matt "The Hammer" Hamill


Matt Hamill is an American wrestler. He was born on October 5, 1976, in Loveland, Ohio. He is profoundly deaf since birth.

Hamill is a three time NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association, which organize the athletic events for students of colleges and universities of U.S.) division lll national champion in wrestling.

Hamill won the gold and silver medals in 1997 and 2001 deaflympics. Hamill is also a UFC (ultimate fighting championship) winner.

It is said that his stepfather, who was the wrestling coach at Loveland High School introduced him to the world of wrestling.

Hamill was married to a deaf woman who he divorced. He has a hearing daughter from that marriage.

The Movie 'Hamill (2011)' is based on his life, his struggle as a wrestler, who is deaf. A deaf actor Russell Harvard played Hamill in the movie. Movie won the Audience Award in Miami and Florida Film Festivals.

He has proved by his achievements that he is a real champion.

Source: Wikipedia, IMDB,
P.S.- in theaters, on Oct 27th 2011. Name of the film changed to "The Hammer" previously titled "Hamill"

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