Boccia competition

Winners and runners up in the first ever National Open Boccia Competition to be held in the Borders.

Winners and runners up in the first ever National Open Boccia Competition to be held in the Borders.

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The Scottish Borders hosted its first ever National Open Boccia Competition on Saturday.

Organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, the competition formed part of Scottish Disability Sport’s Boccia series with 40 players from across the country taking part.

A total of 70 group games were played before the elimination stages.

In the finals Faizan Mustafa (Edinburgh Flyers) won the Learning disability section, beating his training partner Matthew Forbes in a thrilling match.

Adam Stafford (Edinburgh) won the Physical disability class by beating Eyemouth player Neil McMurdo.

The match of the day was the contest between Lewis Teckkam and Douglas Boyd (both Scottish Borders) in the Assistive Device 
class with Lewis finally winning the closely contested and exciting game.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure Disability Development Officer, said: “The Borders Boccia Open Competition was a magnificent success and the skill level present was impressive to watch. To have entry numbers this high shows it’s a competitive sport and all the matches were played in fantastic spirit. It was constant action throughout the day.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure added: “To host a National series Boccia event in the Borders is an honour and testament to how well Boccia has developed throughout our region. I would like to congratulate the winners and all of the Scottish Borders players who did our region proud.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to the volunteers who helped us with the event.”