Ivan is a jolly good Fellow!
Seventeen year old Ivan Fellows from Sible Hedingham recently represented England playing for the England Deaf Rugby Union (EDRU) side which is a charity which allows deaf rugby players the chance to play for their country. Ivan, who has been playing rugby since he was nine years old, plays in the second row where he can use his height to good advantage. To qualify to play for the team a player has to have 50 db loss of hearing over both ears. Ivan has an 180db loss of hearing in his ears but copes so well that some people don’t even realise that he is deaf!
Ivan who is currently a member of Hedingham School Sixth Form, commented, ‘It gave me a huge sense of pride being able to put on the jersey with the England rose on it and represent not only my country, but Deaf Rugby too. To be amongst other deaf players playing at such a high calibre of rugby definitely helped me to raise my game and reach my full potential as a player.’
The game that Ivan played in was against St Neot’s rugby club, a team that have been unbeaten all season, and ended in a 29 – 29 draw. The EDRU have a number of other exciting games lined up for the Deaf rugby team to play including a tour of Italy, a game against the Welsh deaf team and a game against India before this Autumn’s greatly anticipated Rugby World Cup competition. Ivan, who also plays for the Halstead Templars, is thoroughly looking forward to all of these challenges!