Scrabble at the National Indoor Games has been the story of Muriel and Mary. The pair have battled it out for top spot down the years. Mary was in first place in 2015 and 2016, only for Muriel to hit back in 2017 and 2018, setting the pair up for another head to head in 2019, when the charity marks its 80th anniversary.
“For a board game, Scrabble is taken very seriously at the National Indoor Games and Muriel and Mary’s tussles over the tiles are the stuff of games legend,” said National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. “The both have words running through them like a stick of rock and I’m sure each will want to have the last word at what will be the biggest event in games history in 2019.”
Held every year, the Indoor Games emerged from the original Stoke Mandeville event and still enables people who had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) to compete in sports and games, no matter what their disability. Qualifiers from regional heats, join over 200 competitors from across the UK to compete for individual and team success. Thanks to the consistency of Muriel and others, the North West Region has reigned supreme for the last three years in Leicester – can it make a fantastic four in 2019?
“The North West Region can boast a lot of strong, consistent competitors like Muriel, but everyone is going to want to win in 2019,” added David. “The outcome is literally decided by words and not deeds in Scrabble, but Muriel and her squad will need to be on top form to triumph again next year.”
To find out more about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit britishpolio.org.uk/polio-and-post-polio-syndrome/