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Tim Stones

Timothy Riordan Stones

Nickname: 'Overdrive'

Journalist, Disability Rights Activist, Sportsman


Currently resides in: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Born in Grahamstown South Africa

After six years working as a Researcher with the National Institute for the Deaf, in Worcester, I am now senior sub-editor with a leading newspaper. I am a Candidate Minister, and am also active in deaf sport, as an athlete and as President of the South African Deaf Rugby Union - the Deafboks. I have had roles in two South African Christian-based films. Recently I was chosen as a 2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist.


Web presence

Business Address

East London, East London, South Africa


Professional Portfolios

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Inaugural Test series between SA Deaf and Wales De...

in South African Deaf Rugby Union

South African Deaf Rugby Union

in South African Deaf Rugby Union

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Director | Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss
Global, South Africa | June 2016 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

I was appointed a member of the Board of Directors for AAMHL on 29 June 2016.


CEO | South African Deaf Rugby Union Pty (Ltd)
East London, South Africa | May 2015 - present

Sport and Recreation

Following successful affiliation of the SA Deaf Rugby Union (SADRU) as an associate national team with SA Rugby (SARU), I was appointed CEO of the corporate arm of SA Deaf Rugby.


Candidate Minister | Presbyterian Church
East London, South Africa | 2014 - present

Other

I am a Candidate Minister preparing for the ordained ministry, and have pastoral responsibilities as a Pastoral Visitor. I also preach regularly in four congregations.


Senior Sub Editor | TIMES MEDIA GROUP LTD
East London, South Africa | December 2012 - present

Publishing, Printing and Print Media


Previous Position(s)

Board Member | Hope Ranch
East London, South Africa | July 2014 - July 2015

Other

I served a term on the Board of Hope Ranch, a NGO that works with horses and vulnerable children.


Disability Advisor | Dean of Students Division | Rhodes University
Grahamstown, South Africa | June 2012 - November 2012

Academia, Education and Training


Disability Consultant | Tim Stones: Disability Consultancy Services
2012 - 2012

Consulting and Project Management

I provide consultancy services on issues relating to the full spectrum of disability in South Africa.


Researcher | National Institute for the Deaf
Worcester, South Africa | December 2006 - May 2012

Other


Senior Researcher | Research Institute for Christianity in Southern Africa | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | January 2002 - December 2003

Academia, Education and Training

Served as Lead Researcher in RICSA's Social History of the Church in Southern Africa project.

Educational history

Secondary

St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, South Africa (1996)

Tertiary

TEEC

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - 2013

Diploma in Theology (selected courses) - Preaching, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, Pastoral Responses to HIV/AIDS

Courses in preparation towards ordained ministry

Central Business Academy

Worcester, South Africa | 2008 - 2008

Train the Trainer - Impact of hearing loss, and conducting accessibility assessments

Accredited courses in public speaking, disability issues specifically relating to hearing loss and accessibility - to prepare selected deaf people in SA to lead Sensitisation and Awareness-Raising Workshops.

Rhodes University

2006 - 2006

PgDip Journalism and Media Studies

UCT

Cape Town, South Africa | 2005 - 2005

MA - Religious Studies

UCT

Cape Town, South Africa | 2001 - 2001

BA (Hons) - Religious Studies

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 2000 - 2000

Postgraduate LLB (Pelim year) - Various LLB courses

I completed the preliminary year of the postgraduate LLB.

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 2000 - 2000

Postgraduate LLB (Pelim year) - Various LLB courses

I completed the preliminary year of the postgraduate LLB.

UCT

Cape Town, South Africa | 1997 - 1999

BA - English, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Achievements

Awards

British Athletics Colours | 2008

Awarded British national colours for Athletics, representing the British Deaf Athletics Team at the first World Deaf Athletics Championships (2008) and the Deaflympics (2009), in the marathon.

Protea Colours | 2015

Awarded South African colours for Deaf Rugby (Team Manager), ahead of the two-Test series against world champions Wales Deaf in South Africa in August 2015.

Western Cape Deaf Athletics Performance of the Year | 2009

2009 Taipei Deaflympic Marathon.

Western Cape Deaf Athlete of the Year | 2008

Shortlist and nomination

Great Britain Deaf Athletics Male Athlete of the Year | 2009

I was a finalist for the award of UK Deaf Athletics male athlete of the year in 2009,

media exposure

BBC Africa | 2016

Recognised by the BBC as one of "Africa's disability innovators", for my work with the South African Deaf Rugby Union.

Grocott's Mail | 2013

I have had various stories published in Grocott's Mail, both written by myself, and also featuring some aspect of my sporting life (athletics and rugby).

Daily Dispatch | 2013

I have had several stories published in the Daily Dispatch

Modern Athlete | 2013

Modern Athlete published my personal profile of my running career and related experience as an international athlete living with disability.

Runner's World magazine | 2013

Runner's World SA published my personal profile of my running career and related experience as an international athlete living with disability.

Say What Club online newsletter | 2009

I had three poems published in this online international publication that represents the interests of people living with hearing loss.

South African Athletics Annual | 2014

Included in the prestigious SA Athletics Annual for my results at the 2013 SA Masters Athletics national championships.

Competitive Accomplishments

3rd | South African Masters Athletics Championships | 2015

I won Bronze in the men's 35-39 800m, representing Border.

3rd | South African Masters Athletics Championships | 2015

Bronze in the men's 35-59 10 000m, representing Border.

1 | WC Deaf 10km championships | 2008

I won the inaugural Western Cape Deaf Athletics 10km championship, held in Worcester.

1 | WP Masters Athletics Championships | 2010

Won gold in the 10 000m (30-34 age group).

Technical Director | 2nd World Deaf Athletics Championships | 2012

I represented the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf as Athletics Technical Director, iat the 2nd World Deaf Athletics Championships, n Toronoto, Canada, in July 2012.

1 | South Africa Masters Athletics Championships | 2013

I won the SA Masters Athletics 10 000m title (30-34 age group) in 2013.

1 | South Africa Masters Athletics Championships | 2010

I won the SA Masters Athletics 10 000m title (30-34 age group) in 2010.

Did not compete | European Deaf Cross-Country Championships | 2014

Selected to Great Britain Deaf cross-country team, in 4km and 12km events. Did not compete.

Didn't compete | European Deaf Cross-Country Championships | 2010

Selected to Great Britain Deaf cross-country team, in 4km and 12km events. Did not compete.

President | South African Deaf Rugby Union | 2014

The South African Deaf Rugby Union (SADRU) was officially affiliated with SA Rugby as an associate national team, on 28 March 2014, The national deaf rugby team is called the Deafboks.

13th | Taipei Deaflympics | 2009

Represented Great Britain at the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, in the Marathon.

7th | World Deaf Athletics Championships | 2008

Represented Great Britain Deaf Athletics Team in the Marathon. Ran qualifying time for 2009 Deaf Olympics.

Academic Achievements

Delivered paper at Theology, Disability & Human Dignity Conference in Stellenbosch | 2011

I delivered a paper at the Theology, Disability & Human Dignity Conference in Stellenbosch, entitled "Hearing God Speak".

Attended International Conference of Aids and STIs in Africa | 2011

Receieved a scholarship to represent SA and the disability community at ICASA 2011, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Delivered Paper: Deaf Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa Conference | 2007

Delivered a paper entitled "Lets's Talk: Sex and Sexuality among deaf women in Africa", hosted by USA's Gallaudet University, in Johannesburg.

Advanced International Training Programme on Human Rights and Disabiity | 2009

Held in Nynashamn, Sweden. I was invited to represent South Africa as a representative for the deaf community.

Other Achievements

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

2016 Mr Deaf SA Finalist | 2016

I was chosen as a Finalist for the inaugural 2016 Mr Deaf SA Pageant.

British Athletics Rankings | 2016

I am ranked number one in the 2016 British Deaf Athletics rankings for the half marathon and the marathon.

British Deaf Athletics Record | 2016

I set the British Deaf 50km record (road running).

British and SA Deaf Athletics Record holder | 2013

I hold the SA and British Deaf records for 20 000m, 25 000m, 30 000m and the One Hour track running.

Activities

Memberships

South Africa Deaf Cycling Association

Secretary, 2008 - 2008

Western Cape Deaf Soccer Association

Development Officer, 2008 - 2008

I was tasked with assisting WCDSF to develop soccer among the deaf community in the Western Cape.

Boland Athletics

Technical Official, 2010 - 2010

Western Cape Deaf Sports Federation

Chairman of Athletics, 2007 - 2012

Boland Deaf Sports Association

Chairman, 2007 - 2012

community

Grahamstown Junior City Council

Junior City Councillor, January 1995 - December 1996

I served as a Junior City Councillor in Grahamstown for two years.

Other Activities

Film Actor

"Dean" and walk on extra, January 2016 - May 2016

I acted in two feature films in 2016 - "Home of Music" (walk on role), and "The Price Tag" (role of "Dean"). Both movies to be screened at Nu Metro cinemas in South Africa.

Music

Songwriter/composer

I have composed the music and lyrics to several songs. One of these is currently being explored as a possible single for international release in collaboration with a well-known SA singer.

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