Mrs Deaf SA in­spires hope

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

NEWLY crowned Mrs Deaf SA Tracy Dun­can plans to make “a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence” for the deaf in South Africa.

Dun­can, who stud­ied Graphic De­sign at CPUT from 2004 to 2008, said she en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion to prove to her­self and the deaf com­mu­nity that any­thing is pos­si­ble.

Not only did she suc­ceed in win­ning the over­all ti­tle, but she was also cho­sen as Mrs Deaf Per­son­al­ity 2018 and Mrs Deaf Char­ity 2018.

Dun­can, who grew up in Athlone, said: “I grew up in a close-knit fam­ily of lead­ers. They taught me to speak bet­ter, how to ad­vo­cate for my­self and to al­ways go the ex­tra mile in life to be on the same level as my hear­ing peers.

“They al­ways told me to be proudly deaf and over­come any ob­sta­cles thrown my way.” She re­ceived a cochlear im­plant a few years ago, and this has changed her life.

“I am hear­ing sounds I’ve never heard be­fore. It has made me a lot more con­fi­dent in terms of know­ing what I am ac­tu­ally hear­ing and be­ing able to speak­more clearly .” Dun­can wants to see the MDSA (Miss, Mr, & Mrs Deaf South Africa) brand grow and says her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are to rep­re­sent the brand, give work­shops and raise funds.

“I also have my very own plat­form to run. It is a na­tional fit­ness cam­paign across South Africa.”

She has the fol­low­ing mes­sage for deaf stu­dents: “The deaf can do any­thing but hear. This is ex­actly how you should see your­selves. You can achieve any­thing in life if you put in the hard work, be­lieve and trust in your­selves and al­ways see the abil­ity in your dis­abil­ity.”

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