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Polska Boccia 2014 :  details

On the 8th October I flew out to Poznan, Poland from Stansted with my Mum, Michelle and my Coach Barry Bowden for the Polska Boccia 2014 International Boccia Event.

Despite finding there was no ambulift at Poznan Airport when we landed, the flight was good and both my chairs survived, which is always good. I can highly recommend Ryanair, I would definitely fly with them again.

We joined the rest of the England squad at the hotel.

The next morning was spent in Poznan's Old Square with the squad, it was very picturesque and relaxed. After lunch we made our way to the venue for training. The venue, The University of Life Sciences, Poznan, was a short drive from the hotel. 

At the venue I had some individual training with Barry in preparation for the Individual competition the following day.

The next morning saw me play 3 back to back matches in my pool. I had 2 good wins, 9 0 Marek Bogakzyk (Poland) and 6 1 Jakob Skantelj ( Slovenia) but a mistake in the last end against Croatia's Melisa Osmanovic led me to my first defeat. I got out of my pool but lost to Vasile Agache (Spain) in the semi final. I played Melisa once again in the Bronze medal match and won my first International medal (Bronze).

I was disappointed to have lost the semi final match, but unfortunately everything I did, my opponent undid !! I was,  however, very pleased to have reached medal position . All my hard work is paying off and it showed me that I am making good progress.

After an early night and another early morning the following day, the pairs competition began. After some training with my England Pairs partner Josh Wilkins and my coach Barry, we were relaxed and confident ready for the competition. I took on my usual role of England BC4 Captain and we went on court. Our first match was against Poland, from who we gained our first victory, England 5 1 Poland, we followed that with 2 more wins, England 5 2 Croatia and England 7 2 Spain. Josh and I played well together and our results reflected that. An International Pairs Gold for England's BC4's :)

After a meal and an awards ceremony at the venue, I had a relaxed night back at the hotel with the rest of the squad, before preparing to fly home the next day.

I had an amazing time out in Poland, the competition was good, I won 2 medals and the squad pulled toegther and supported each other so much and had their best International competition, coming home with 5 medals in total.

I took a few days off after returning home but soon got back into training at Kirknewton Hall.

I cannot thank the local community enough for the support they gave me before and after the competition, I could'nt of done it without you, you're all amazing !! Thank you.



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