BOCCIA: Silver medal for Claire Taggart at GB National Championships

Claire Taggart

Claire Taggart

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Larne’s Claire Taggart made her mark at boccia’s Great Britain National Championships, bringing home a silver medal.

The two-day event, held in Edinburgh, was open to the top players from each home nation.

Silver medallist Claire Taggart pictured with Disability Sport NI Staff, Odhran Doherty and Elaine Reid. INLT 52-912-CON

Silver medallist Claire Taggart pictured with Disability Sport NI Staff, Odhran Doherty and Elaine Reid. INLT 52-912-CON

Claire competed in individual event and was selected on the back of her displays at the Disability Sport NI Boccia League and Performance Squad.

A member of the GB Boccia squad and a contender for the 2016 Paralympic Games, Claire narrowly missing out on gold to Welsh player Martin Davies.

Team Manager Elaine Reid, Performance Officer of Disability Sport NI, said: “We are delighted to have a team competing in the GB National Championships, this is only the second year that Northern Ireland has entered, so to be challenging for medals is just fantastic.

“I’m delighted with how the team performed and the players have learned a lot from their matches, so we will be looking to achieve even more at next year’s event.”

The players, who all received individual awards from the Mary Peters Trust to help support their involvement in the competition, were also supported by the JT Inspires Trust who are sponsors of the Disability Sport NI Boccia Programme.