Anna narrowly missed gold, ultimately losing out to Northern Ireland’s Alan Weir, but her improving performances, together with fellow female competitors, has Indoor Games watchers in a bit of a Tizz.
Born out of the original Stoke Mandeville Games and held every year in Leicester, the National Indoor Games enables people who have had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) to compete in a range of sports and games, no matter what their disability. Qualifiers from regional heats, join over 200 competitors from across the United Kingdom to compete for individual and team success. Scotland scored some notable successes, with Stuart Thompson’s gold in the darts (sitting), but girl power is on the rise.
“Boccia is one of the most fiercely contested sports at the games, so Anna’s silver reflects a superb performance,” said National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. “The other point is that Anna’s performances have improved each year and she is not alone. The success of the girls is the story of the 2018 games. The female competitors are an emerging force in every region and their performance in 2019 could be key in deciding the winning region in the charity’s 80th anniversary year.”
With a bronze in 2017, Anna has gone one better this year, as have many other ladies across the other sports. Hoda Al Jalaby secured third in the Kurling for Home Counties North; Muriel Bradshaw struck gold in the scrabble for the North West, with Scotland’s Mary Guild a close second. In Boccia, Lin Morton of the North West Region also scored an impressive silver.
Originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy, Boccia is a precision ball sport, requiring both skill and tactical judgement. Introduced to the Paralympics at the 1984 games in New York; Boccia is a mixed gender game, and Anna and Lin’s dramatic performances have set the scene for what is expected to be the most dramatic games yet in 2019.
“Female competitors like Anna have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in 2018,” added David. “Their performances decided the outcome of the games and it looks like this will be the same in 2019.”
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