DSAuk Boccia and Badminton weekend
This weekend saw the very best Boccia and Badminton players meet in Birmingham for the DSAuk National Tournament.
The event was held over three days and showcased the very best of the nations dwarf athletes in both Boccia and Badminton. The Badminton event featured a development doubles tournament where the pairings were matched to make the tournament both fair and on a level par, giving developing players both in the juniors and open age groups a chance to play with different partners and learn from each other whilst competing.
In the Boccia event it was good to see some new players and some of our more experienced players return to the national tournament. As usual all the categories and age groups were very competitive and many of the players had to dig deep in the final ends of the games to go through to the finals.
A nice end to the Boccia Tournament was Martin Rush winning the Peter Sugden Trophy as he was the first ever winner of the trophy in 2005.
The juniors section of the Badminton was particularly close this year as many of the young players are members of local clubs and are becoming very accomplished players.
The class 1 group was also exciting with new player Jamie Patton taking part and James Coyle-King coming back to Badminton after a break from the sport.
The open doubles and mixed doubles were very exciting games with developing players Thomas Vogt and
Rebecca Bedford both showing a great deal of improvement in their games two players to watch out for in 2013.
In the open boccia a very tough competition led to a gripping final and in the masters groups players from the regional leagues featured heavily and also moved to a very close final between Steve Scott and Martin Rush.
Both sports are becoming more popular and are growing in numbers every year, don't miss next years national Boccia and Badminton Tournament for the very best in both sports.