The Yorkshire team secured silver overall, thanks to golds for Josie Dargen and Dennis Kay in Dominoes and another golden performance from Bradford’s David Howells (Darts Standing), whose six year winning streak shows no signs of ending. Pauline Henfrey delivered a vital silver in Cribbage; as did Catherine and Keith Mitton in 5s and 3s. Frank Evers secured bronze in Boccia (Class 2) and with points vital, Rosemary Bilton secured fourth place in a hard-fought contest in the Bowls. From 16-18 March, qualifiers from regional heats compete in 11 different events, allowing wheelchair users and people with mobility issues to take part.
“Many congratulations to the Yorkshire Region on securing second place at the Indoor Games,” said The British Polio Fellowship National Chairman David Mitchell. “It was a close contest, with Yorkshire just holding off the Irish challenge by three points. There were some upsets this year, with faltering favourites but David Howells seems a guaranteed gold every year, his consistency is unbelievable and amazing to watch.”
The Yorkshire Region triumphed in 2015, only to slip out of the rankings in 2016. The last two years have delivered back to back silver’s, but the hope is the tykes will be back on top in 2019, as the charity marks its 80th anniversary. With its origins in the original Stoke Mandeville Games, the National Indoor Games was developed to allow people who have had Polio and now have Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), to meet and compete in a range of sports. The Leicester Marriott has been the home of the games for the last 16 years, which has become what the Crucible is to snooker and some 200 competitors travel from across the country to take part.
“The games are about competition, but forging new friendships whilst reinforcing old ones,” added David. “Combining competition with companionship and camaraderie is a great way to share tips on living with PPS. The Yorkshire Region slipped out of the placings for a few years before a return to the top three last year. With a landmark games being planned to mark our 80th Anniversary in 2019, the contest looks like it will be the closest one ever, which is great news.”
At the awards dinner on Saturday evening, the Yorkshire Region received the Bryan Rowley Trophy, from guest of honour Mike Egan of the Leicester Branch, who are one of the event sponsors. To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit www.britishpolio.org.uk