Borderers give best run for their money

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BORDERS boccia players have been trying their hands at national level.

Peebles player Patrick Wilson and Greenlaw’s Sam Fisher travelled to Stirling to compete in the Scottish Disability Sport Boccia Championships.

The local lads were part of a new squad from the East of Scotland attending its first national championships at the Peak Sports Centre. Patrick and Sam were joined by Edinburgh’s Chris Jacquin to form a three-man team for the maiden event.

Fifteen-year-old Patrick, who attends Peebles High School, managed to secure victory in his first match, which gave him the confidence going into a difficult tie against Great Britain and London 2012 hopeful, Scott McCowan. Although Patrick was defeated it was a great experience and provided an insight into what it is like to play an elite performer.

Scott went on to win the event, while Patrick played in the 3rd/4th play-off match. It was nail-biting from start to finish, but Patrick came out on top after an intense tie-break end. A bronze medal for his efforts was a superb result from a relative newcomer to the sport.

Sam played well, winning great points from both his opponents, one of whom is a member of the current Scotland squad. This was a fantastic achievement for the nine-year-old Greenlaw Primary pupil, making his first appearance in competition.

Boccia is a Paralympic sport for athletes with severe disabilities. It is a target ball activity belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls.

More information at www.gb-boccia.org/default.asp