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Competitions, Training and Selection for the Poznan International :  details

I have had quite a quiet year competition wise, which has given me time for plenty of training and some technical changes.

I played 2 regional competitions in Liverpool and Newcastle, winning both and qualifying for the English National Championship. In january I was thrilled to be selected for an International competition in Montreal, Canada, but unfortunately I didn't get to go because of an entry problem. I won the National BC4 DSE title in sheffield for the 3rd time, which was a good  warm up for the English Nationals in Worcester 2 weeks later at the end of march, where i won the National title for the 2nd time. It was a good competition that qualified me for the British Championships for the 4th time in my career. I was particularly pleased with my 8-1 victory in the final. Its good to have the National trophy back in my cabinet aand be top BC4 in England once again!!

I competed at the British Championships in Wigan against the top BC4's in Great Britain and despite having a tough group I finished 5th overall. I was disappointed not to have made the semi finals but I was pleased I improved my final position from the year before. Next year I plan to make more of an impact and hopefully reach semi finals.

Next was the Cheshire international where I played for England and I captained the BC4 pairs team once again. It was here that I played the game of my career so far, beating the Slovak Republic pairs. This was definitely one of the highlights of my year.

I quickly got back into full time training after these 2 competitions and bought myself some New Zealand Mamaku balls. I introduced 5 to my existing set of Boccas balls and I love them. I've worked very hard with these new balls. Which caused me some problems to begin with but they're working very well for me now.

I have attended England Squad training camp weekends mainly in Nottingham but one in Stoke-on-Trent.

I also have a personal coach who I pay to travel from the South of England once a month to coach me in the hall at Kirknewton. I train 4 to 5 days a week at Kirknewton, occasionally at Willowburn, Alnwick and usally cover 12 to 14 hours on my own in an average week. I also attend the East of Scotland Boccia club in Edinburgh once a week.

I have recently been selected to compete in Poland at the Poznan International in October. I am really excited about this selection and it will be the first time I have visited the Country. I am training very hard and trying to fund raise at the same time to help me travel and stay there to compete for my Country. We will be driving to Stansted and staying there before flying directly to Poznan for the competition.

You can donate to my Poznan fund at : www.justgiving.com/harry-thompson2/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=harry-thompson2&utm_campaign=pfp-share 

I will keep you up to date with my training progress and competition results.

Harry.

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