Pupils from schools across the county tested their skills in a sports tournament with a difference this week competing in the Paralympic sport of Boccia.
Granta’s first team and Hinchingbrooke took top honours at the school’s County Boccia Competitions. Organised by Living Sport, hosted at Cambridge Regional College, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Lord Taverners Under 19 County Schools annual tournament attracted teams from 10 schools around the county with places in the regional level competition up for grabs.
Granta School from Linton won a hotly contested final against Gretton School from Girton in the pan disability competition with newcomers Sawtry Village Academy taking the bronze, with Hinchingbrooke pan disability team coming fourth from fourteen teams.
Hinchingbrooke’s fortunes were reversed in the physical disability competition winning all four matches to take the gold medal with Impington Village College in second place and Jack Hunt School from Peterborough in third.
Granta and Gretton Schools from the pan disability competition and Hinchingbrooke School from the physical disability competition now go forward to the regional competition taking place early in 2019, at which students from Cambridge Regional College will also be selected to support the officiating.
Competition organiser Rebecca Evans from Living Sport said
“This is the 4th year we have held the tournament at Cambridge Regional College and we are grateful for their support for both the venue and the young officials and it is great to see them enter a team for the first time this year too. This is a very popular competition with the schools and it is very competitive, we have had a record number of entries this year. It is fantastic to see so many young people enjoying playing Boccia and representing the school regardless of the result”
Boccia is a fast-growing sport, which is similar to bowls with players competing sitting down, offers physically disabled youngsters the chance to compete all the way up to international level. But as this schools competition level there will be both a physical disability competition and a pan disability competition open to type of disabilities.
Seventeen teams from ten schools will take part across the two competitions – Castle School in Cambridge, Impington Village College, Hinchingbrooke School, Samuel Pepys and Ernulf Academy both from St Neots, Gretton School in Girton, Granta School, Linton, and Jack Hunt School in Peterborough. Sawtry Village Academy and Cambridge Regional College will also be entering teams for the first time.
Sixteen Cambridge Regional College students have been trained as qualified Boccia officials through Boccia England and took a central role in managing and officiating the event.
Physical Disability Competition
1st Hinchingbrooke School
2nd Impington Village College
3rd Jack Hunt School
Pan Disability Competition
1st Granta School 1
2nd Gretton School Y
3rd Sawtry Village Academy
4th Hinchingbrooke School
5th Granta School 2
6th Impington Village College
7th Castle School 1
8th Ernulf Academy 2
9th Cambridge Regional College
10th Gretton School X
11th Samuel Pepys
12th Ernulf Academy 1
13th Castle School 2
14th Jack Hunt School