Boc­cia ath­letes are pride of town

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

‘LET ME win. But if I can­not win, let me be brave in the at­tempt.’

The Boc­cia team rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land West cer­tainly did that last week when they pro­duced their best shots in the Ponds Forge Arena.

More than 1,200 ath­letes from Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales par­tic­i­pated in a se­ries of hard-fought but friendly com­pe­ti­tions in 20 sports at the Spe­cial Olympics in Sh­effield.

The team from Lochgilp­head, made up by Flora Cur­rie, Camp­bell Fer­gu­son and Iain Macdougall, along­side teams from Glas­gow and Pais­ley made up the Scot­land West Boc­cia Squad. And un­der the guid­ance of head coach John Gil­lies, ably as­sisted by coaches Mary Gil­lies and Karyn Mitchell from Pais­ley, they put on a show wor­thy of the Olympic ideal and stan­dards ex­pected at this level.

Tues­day Au­gust 8 and Wed­nes­day Au­gust 9 saw the team com­pete in five dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions where they all ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, pro­duc­ing their best form at just the right time.

Wed­nes­day night saw them through to the medal cer­e­mony where Iain Macdougall won gold and Flora Cur­rie won the bronze in their com­pe­ti­tion, and Camp­bell Fer­gu­son took sil­ver in his com­pe­ti­tion.

The other mem­bers from Glas­gow and Pais­ley, who also had sev­eral joint train­ing ses­sions with the Lochgilp­head group, also achieved one sil­ver, one bronze, a fourth and two fifths.

It was on Fri­day, how­ever, at the end of a truly hard week, that the squad showed their skill, con­cen­tra­tion and per­se­ver­ance to pit their strengths against the best teams from Tay­side, Dum­fries, York­shire and Hum­ber­side, South East Eng­land, North­ern Re­gion, Greater Lon­don and the Mid­lands.

They held their nerve to get the high­est squad medal tally of the day.

The three teams from the squad each com­peted in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions, com­ing away with the team gold, team sil­ver and a very close team fourth nar­rowly miss­ing out on the team bronze.

With a beam­ing smile Flora Cur­rie summed it up for all the ath­letes when asked dur­ing an in­ter­view at the games what she liked best, her re­sponse was: ‘Ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.’

Flora Cur­rie with her bronze medal, Iain Macdougall was de­lighted with his gold, and Camp­bell Fer­gu­son with his sil­ver medal and now tra­di­tional salute.

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