A regional festival of Boccia came to Castle Douglas High School last week, inspired by the 2012 London Paralympic games.
With the increased media coverage of the sport, the event had over 65 entries competing for the various categories.
Category A – physical disabilities – was won by Robbie Anderson of Penninghame Primary School Newton Stewart. In second place was Findlay Anderson of Minnigaff Primary and in third place Taleighsha McMenamin of Annan Academy.
Category B – learning difficulties – had such a high number of entries it was decided to have a senior school award and a primary school award.
The winner of the senior school event was Morgan Deer of Annan Academy, second place went to Aiden McKay from Saint Joseph’s College and third place went to Stephanie Love of Annan Academy.
The primary event was a runaway success for Penninghame Primary with all three awards being won by the school. In first place was Ryan McKie, in second place Carinne Rothwell and in third place Calum Cosker.
This was an incredible achievement for Penninghame as the competitors only recently took up the sport.
The initial interest was created by Dumfries and Galloway disability sport officer Senga Thomson. After sessions delivered at Douglas Ewart High School and Penninghame Primary, staff rose to the challenge of training their teams for the event.