Boccia Celebrate Silver Medal Victory
Having won the East Midland Region Finals, St George’s Academy went to represent the region in the recent Boccia England National Finals, winning all matches in our pool (6-2, 7-0 & 13-0) putting us through to the semi-finals, which we won 6-0, to get through to the final match.
After an intense, skilled and nail biting final which came down to one last ball, where we were beaten by a fantastic team of young players from the West Midlands 4-3. Our players achieved a well-deserved silver medal, which is the highest placement the team has had to date, and both Mr Walsh-Horne and I are immensely proud of everything the students have achieved.
Upon meeting Baskerville (our first opponents and who we met again in the final), a friendship was struck up of like-minded young people, with both teams complimenting others on their play and guiding each other. As soon as the last ball was played our captain, and the captain from Baskerville, high-fived and said that was the best match they had ever played! This was noticed by the officials and Boccia England staff who commended them on the sportsman like behaviour saying they were a real credit to their schools.
The competition started with over 680 schools/clubs entering to play from local competitions, to County, to Regional. These young people work so hard in their sport, training every week for up 3 hours and it is with real pride and sadness that the team say goodbye to Thomas, Lauren and Chloe this year who are leaving us for their next adventures of college, and employment. They have shown outstanding commitment and they have been fantastic young ambassadors for the Academy.
Tom summed this all up at the end when arranging to meet up with the winning team to play some friendlys, “Baskerville you are the ONLY team in the UK who can truthfully say they are better than us!”
I would like to thank those who support the team in training and at these events.
UK Boccia Participation Coach of the Year