Deaflympics champion announced as awards’ ambassador

The charity behind one of the most prestigious awards programmes in the deaf calendar has this week announced Deaflympics Champion Catherine Fletcher as the awards’ ambassador.

Signature, the UK’s leading provider of accredited qualifications in deaf and deafblind communication and organisers of the 2012 Signature Annual Awards, has recruited the support of the tennis star who won Gold at the 21st Summer Deaflympics Taipei 2009.

Catherine Fletcher (nee Graham), who has represented Great Britain in four Deaflympics, will help Signature to celebrate the individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution in improving communication and access for deaf and deafblind people.

Catherine said: “The 2012 Signature Annual Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise the amazing work which is being done by ordinary members of the public who dedicate their time to increasing deaf awareness.

“Through the annual awards Signature is helping to make a real difference to the lives of the deaf community by breaking down communication barriers and improving accessibility. It was an absolute honour to be invited to support the awards and I’m thrilled to be involved with such a fantastic charity.”

It is the fourth year that Signature has hosted its annual awards, which forms part of Signature’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Originally formed in 1982 Signature has grown to become the UK’s leading provider of accredited qualifications in sign language and other forms of deaf and deafblind communication.

Jim Edwards, Chief Executive at Signature, added: “We are delighted to announce Catherine as the ambassador of the 2012 Signature Annual Awards.

“Since the launch of the Signature Annual Awards in 2009 we have uncovered many inspirational individuals and organisations that have shown a real passion for creating a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access.

“This year’s awards will be an extra special celebration for Signature as we mark our 30th year, so as well as honouring the outstanding work of today we will also be looking back at the progress of deaf communications over the past three decades.”

The national final of the 2012 Signature Annual Awards will be held in London on Friday 2nd November. For more information on the 2012 Signature Annual Awards visit the awards’ website at www.signature.org.uk/awards.

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