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Photo: Basketfeminin.com/Maarten Verbeek
In Hearing Time:

Growing up in a small town outside Bruges, Belgium, near the North Sea, Emma Meesseman’s motivation was not to prove she could overcome a disability. Instead, it was the more common goal of living up to her mother’s reputation. She is the daughter of Sonja Tankrey, a center who was named the Belgian women’s player of the year in 1983.

I play to be better [than] her,” Meesseman said with a smile. “And I am.”


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Par Christian Detroz le Lundi 24 Juin 2013


Christian Detroz
Figuring out what makes Emma Meesseman different than the rest of her Washington Mystics teammates isn’t always obvious. It’s only when Meesseman leans in and requests that a reporter ask a question louder or needs teammates to repeat a play call that the full scope of her story – and the hearing devices behind both of her ears – come into focus. Meesseman, 20, was born with only 50 percent hearing, a condition that was discovered more than 15 years ago when her parents in Belgium noticed that she didn’t speak like other children. “For me, it’s not special,” she says matter-of-factly. “It doesn’t stop me. I don’t know any different.”

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Emma Meesseman (photo: washingtonpost.com)
Emma Meesseman (photo: washingtonpost.com)
Par Christian Detroz le Mardi 18 Juin 2013


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