Led by Regional Chairman Mike Griffiths, (silver in bowls); the North West triumphed thanks to golds for Dave Clark in Kurling; Andrew Gilliland in Draughts; Muriel Bradshaw in Scrabble and Dee Cartwright and Karen Pike in 5s and 3s. The Yorkshire Region came second, with the Northern Ireland team a creditable third. Having qualified from regional heats, competitors face one another in 11 different events, with nine disciplines in total, allowing wheelchair users and people with other mobility issues to take part.
“Congratulations to the North West Region on what is now a hat trick of wins at the Indoor Games,” said The British Polio Fellowship Chairman David Mitchell. “This was another record year in so many ways and was the perfect prelude to what will be a milestone games in 2019, when the charity marks its 80th Anniversary.”
The National Indoor Games traces its origins to the original Stoke Mandeville Games. As charity members got older and developed Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), the games moved indoors, to still allow people who have had Polio and now have PPS to meet and compete in a range of sports. Over the years, the games have become one of the biggest dates in the charity’s social calendar, with hundreds of members travelling from across the country to take part.
The winning region is decided on a points basis, so in addition to golds secured, the North West came out on top thanks to all round success in several disciplines. Gavin Hogarth came third in draughts; while Diane Reynolds and partner Kath McCarthy came third in dominoes. Lin Morton contributed a vital silver in Boccia (Class 1); while Howard Parker and Jenny Clark came second and third respectively in darts (standing).
The North West team received the top trophy, from guest of honour, Mike Egan of the event sponsors (Leicester Branch) – at the Gala Dinner, attended by all the competitors on Saturday evening. 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