Blackpool Boccia Club's trophy triumph on world stage

Blackpool Boccia Club is celebrating winning gold at a world cup event in Liverpool.

Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 5:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 7:22 am
The winning Blackpool Boccia Club team of coach Daniel Clagg, James Knight, captain Jack Wilding with the trophy and Dave Burns Pictures: DANIEL MARTINO

The club, which meets every Tuesday in the Blackpool Sport Centre at Stanley Park, entered two teams in the tournament, finishing first and third.

Boccia is a Paralympic precision sport, not unlike bowls, suitable for competitors with a wide range of disabilities.

The tournament at Greenbank took place alongside the sport’s world championships, also staged in Liverpool last month.

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One Blackpool team won all four group games and the other lost only one as they claimed the top two places in the group.

Although one of the teams lost their semi-final, the other Blackpool team won through and went on to beat a Liverpool team in the final.

Team manager Tony Edmonds told The Gazette: “The tournament was staged to celebrate the world championships in Liverpool and it was a really good boost for the club to have two teams do so well, with one of them winning.

“We now have 26 members and this can only help the club to grow.”