Sisters, Roanna and Corinna Simmons, won bronze in the 2005 Deaflympics

Photo:Roanna and Corrina Simmons sporting bronze medals in 2005

Roanna and Corrina Simmons sporting bronze medals in 2005

Roanna Simmons

Sussex footballers represented in the UK team in Melbourne, Australia

By John Walker

Roanna and Corrina Simmons were selected for the UK team of women's football to play at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia. The team won a bronze. The team was led by Sharon Hirshman, who established Deaf Woman's Football in 2000.

The UK team played in the Scandinavian Cup in 2003 (Norway) and won three matches against Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The UK delegates finished the competition with 9 points, 5 points ahead of the runner up. 

They also played at the Umbro Tournament, in Manchester (2004), against several teams (hearing), only to lose out at the penalties in the final. This great result set them on their way to Melbourne for the Deaflympics.

"This was an excellent preparation for the January 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia for the very first women's football competition in Deaflympics history. We competed against the USA, Australia, Norway, Russia and Denmark with an exhausting schedule of 7 matches in 12 days. Although we were disappointed to lose to Russia in the semi finals on penalties, we picked the bronze medal in the 3/4th play offs with Denmark, winning 2-1 after extra time. Great Britain Deaf Women's Football will go down in history is the first winners of a bronze medal in women's football at the Deaflympics. We are determined to do better and win gold at the Taiwan Deaflympics in 2009!" (

Roanna continued to play at the 2009 Deaflympics only to be thwarted by 2-1 by the USA in the semi finals. In the play-offs, UK was defeated by Russia at 1-0, which prevented them from achieving their second bronze.

Roanna has since retired due to knee injury and has devoted her time to complete her BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Development at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton. Corrina is a teacher of the deaf at Hamilton Lodge school, in Brighton.

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