5 students were selected to represent Tabor Academy at Basildon Sporting Village in the Essex County Boccia Tournament. 4 of these students had not competed previously competed in a Boccia competition, let alone at County level. Nerves were high as they arrived
Tabor Team 1 was made up of Ella, Mitchel and Skye.
Winning 4 of their 5 games in their pool: 3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 and drawing 1 game 1-1 Tabor team 1 led their way into the final round
Tabor Team 2 was made up of Daniel and James.
Winning their first and last games in their pool 6-0 and 4-0 Tabor team 2 came 4th in their pool.
The tension in the sports hall was high when the competitors realised medals were at stake in the final rounds.
Tabor Team 1 in pool 1
Tabor Team 2 in pool 2
The 12 teams were all brought together at the end for the results. We were delighted when Tabor Team 2 were awarded 6th place.
Then it came to pool 1 and we knew we were possibly in with a chance of winning a medal. The event organiser said “And just missing out on a bronze medal are…” AND IT WASN’T TABOR…
The delight on the faces of Ella, Mitchel and Skye was clear when it was announced we they had won an Essex County Bronze medal! They were presented with their medals and took the opportunity to have their photo taken with Paralympic Team GB athlete Dan Bentley. Dan won Gold in Beijing in 2008 as part of the first British team to win this event, he then went on to win Bronze at London 2012.