Borders boys shine in their first national championship boccia event

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A GREENLAW Primary School pupil flew the flag for Berwickshire at the national boccia championships recently.

Nine-year-old Sam Fisher was part of the new East of Scotland boccia squad that took part in its first national championships at the Peak Sports Centre in Stirling on February 12.

Boccia - a Paralympic sport for athletes with severe disabilities affecting motor skills - is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls.

Sam put in an impressive performance at the national championships, playing really well to win some great points from both of his opponents, including a member of the current Scotland squad. This was a fantastic achievement for him in his first ever competitive event.

Also representing the Borders at the championships was Patrick Wilson, who managed to secure victory in his first match, which gave him the confidence going into a very difficult tie, eventually losing out to Great Britain and London 2012 hopeful, Scott McCowan.

Scott went on to win the event, while Patrick played in the third/fourth place play-off match, coming out on top after an intense tie-break end to win a bronze medal for his efforts.

Edinburgh’s Chris Jacquin completed the three-man East squad. All the players enjoyed the championships, which have given them the encouragement to train harder and practise at school, in preparation for the next Scottish championships, which are due to be held in June.