Angmering steel national Boccia title in Sheffield
24 teams from across the UK headed to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to compete for the U19 National Boccia Championship on 24 April.
The finals highlighted just how much the standard of Boccia has improved in recent years as every match in every round proved to be tense, exciting and extremely competitive.
After a very well contested group stage, Angmering School (West Sussex) lined up against a very strong Scotland side in the final. It proved to be a very exciting finale which went right into the last end. Scotland led 6-2 going into the last end but Angmering fought back brilliantly with confidence and accuracy to make it 6-6.
This took the final to a tie-break where Angmering managed to sneak over the line with a 7-6 victory to finally end their long run of finishing as runners-up and win the national title.
In addition to the players competing, 15 Young Officials from across England were selected to referee on the day and were supported by Boccia England’s existing National and International officials.
There were a number of individual awards announced on the day, where players and volunteers were recognised for their efforts within the sport of Boccia in 2015. All these prestigious awards were presented by World number one BC1 Boccia player, David Smith.
Player of the Year: Sophie Weaver (New College)
Young Official of the Year: Alex Lari (Bishop Burton College)
The Jean Ratcliff Outstanding Achievement Award: Banita Samra (Oldham Academy)
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