Shropshire Boccia 2014 - Ludlow Heat
14th Oct, 2014
Shropshire RCC’s Wise & Well Team held the first Heat of the Shropshire Boccia Tournament 2014 at Ludlow College on Friday, 3rd October. Fifteen college Sports students were taught how to play and referee a Boccia match by the Tournament Director, Susie Hancock of Shropshire RCC, and then the students ran the competition.
Boccia is a form of indoor bowls which has been an official Paralympic sport since 1984 and is now spreading in popularity amongst the wider population. It is especially popular with older people because it is played from a seated position. Eight teams of three competitors each, competed for medals and a place in the County Final.
After an intense morning of play, the Bishops Castle team, representing Grange Road sheltered housing scheme, won the Gold Medal. Clee Hill Rebels A Team, from Healthy Friendships, won Silver and “The Three M’s” from Whitefriars sheltered housing scheme in Ludlow won the Bronze Medals. The medals were presented by Daphne Simmons, Team Manager of the Shropshire RCC Wise & Well Team.
This is the second year of the Shropshire Boccia Tournament, won last year by “Sylvia and her Boys” from Whitefriars, Ludlow. Sylvia competed with a new team this year but was disappointed to not get through the group rounds. Bishops Castle captain, Carol Clarke, was thrilled to win the Gold medal and be selected to compete in Shrewsbury. “It’s only three weeks to the Final – we’d better practice!!” she said.
The tournament gives Sports students an opportunity to work with older people and people with various disabilities. Tutor, Jon Britton, explained “This is great experience for the students for the equality and diversity part of their curriculum. Most students have helped with children’s sports competitions but this is an opportunity to work with older adults.”
Bishops Castle and Clee Hill will go on to compete in the County Final in Shrewsbury on Thursday, 23rd October. Shropshire RCC’s Susie Hancock said, “I am so relieved that the tournament has got off to a good start in Ludlow. Everyone seemed to have a really good morning of serious competition with a lot of laughs!”
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