Boccia Workshop with World Number One
St Georges were proud to host David Smith M.B.E. who visited the Academy. David is the current world Number 1 in Boccia, winning gold medals at UK, European, Worlds and Rio Paralympics. He remains undefeated at national levels since 2004 and is set to defend his Paralympic title at Tokyo in 2020.
He spent the morning meeting and answering questions from the students and staff, followed by what can only be called a “Boccia masterclass!”, which left the pupils and staff in awe of his skills as an athlete. He gave coaching tips and advice to players and coaches before playing matches with the students encouraging them to try harder and develop their skills and techniques. In his final match against our PAN A team, he was beaten on the last ball which saw St Georges win by 1 point! A massive well done to Victoria, Will and Chloe for playing such a great match with him!
David worked hard to train for Boccia, winning his first British championship at just 14 years of age and completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering all whilst training with Team GB. He was awarded a M.B.E. in the 2017 honors list for services to Boccia which was presented by Prince William.
It was a truly fantastic day, and the pupils and staff were thrilled to have been a part of the day and to meet such a Boccia legend.
Year 11 student, Will said “the event was amazing and unbelievable”, Chloe also from year 11 commented “it was an amazing opportunity for us and it was a fantastic day”. Year 12 student Victoria finished with “it was very inspirational and we are lucky that he traveled all this way from Wales to see us, also it was great to see his medals!”.
Mrs. Williams the Academy’s head coach said “this was a fantastic opportunity for all who attended, we all learnt so much from this and will be putting his advice and guidance into action in readiness for the new season which starts this month.” She also wanted to thank David for coming along and supporting the event and for Mr. Walsh-Horne’s hard work in organizing this for the pupils.