This campaign aims to fund the publishing of a book: "Who say's deaf people can't do anything" . The inspiring, true story of Australia's first deaf Olympian: Dean Barton-Smith AM, MMktg FIML FAMI CPM, Olympian, Deaf.
It's time to publish my biography. With your help this will be possible.
Watch the video above for more of my story behind publishing this book.
This is a project 50 years in the making! This year is 25 years since the Barcelona Olympics and my famous t-shirt and on November 1st I celebrate turning 50!
ABOUT MY STORY:
It’s 25 years since I became Australia’s first deaf Olympian at the Barcelona Olympic Games to compete in the gruelling event , the Decathlon, but my journey is many more stories:
* The young boy with a profound hearing loss living in housing commission homes with a single mother who was told he would never amount to much, maybe a janitor.
• The day he watched the Olympic Games for the first time on a black and white TV and asked his mum “How do you get to do that?”
• The promising young athlete having to learn to compete in the 10 Decathlon events without sound.
• Meeting the father who walked out on him as a boy 22 years later.
• Representing his country on the world stage – the Deaflympic Games (4 times), Commonwealth Games (twice) and Olympic Games* (*not to be confused with the Paralympic Games).
• Crafting a career leading to become a multiple Chief Executive Officer, Board member, Chairperson and battling for equality for athletes and people with disability through advocacy efforts and community battles.
The front of my famous t-shirt read “Who says deaf people can’t do anything”, but the back said “Think again.”
WHAT I HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH PUBLISHING THIS BOOK:
I sincerely hope that this story will inspire all of us to think again, to give inspiration, hope and dreams for aspiring athletes, people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their communities, just about anyone and even those who aspire to be the best janitors they can. This a wonderful story that is well overdue to be told.
WITH YOUR HELP AND PLEDGED SUPPORT IT CAN.
To be published in May 2018, this campaign is your chance to get on board now.
What better way to say "Happy 50th birthday" than to buy a book package!
Chapter 1 - Keep the end in mind. Competing at the Olympics. What it all means.
Chapter 2 - It all began with a little vibration. The igniting of the dream.. What I wish I knew then.
Chapter 3 - “He will always be an average kid …” The challenges of school. Stigma. Bullying. Don’t be afraid.
Chapter 4 - My love for sport begins. Learning my sport. You’ve got to have a red hot go.
Chapter 5 - Wearing the green and gold. At the Deaflympics to Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Being on the world stage. Drugs in sport.
Chapter 6 - Life after athletics. A career. Lessons I’ve learnt
Chapter 7 - Community. Volunteering, contributing, giving back and paying it forward. Its about ‘we’ not ‘me.
Chapter 8 - What might the future hold? My thoughts on what’s to come for athletes / people with disabilities. Much to be learnt.
Risks and challenges
This project is underway and needs your help to get published. We have everything lined up and ready to proceed with your funding support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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