Sil­ver lin­ing for Al­con­bury man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

AL­CON­BURY man Paul Ak­ers won a sil­ver medal is the DSE Open Boc­cia Cham­pi­onship in Sh­effield - only six months af­ter tak­ing up the sport.

Ak­ers shone up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion - in­clud­ing Great Bri­tain and Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als - in the BC2 class.

Boc­cia is a Par­a­lympic tar­get-ball sport for ath­letes who have dis­abil­i­ties that have a ma­jor im­pact on their mo­tor skills.

Ak­ers was in ter­rific form, win­ning his first two matches with­out drop­ping a point be­fore los­ing out to GB star Joshua Rowe 7-1 in the last four.

Paul is a mem­ber of the county’s Cam­boc­cia club whose coach Shaun Mccormick said, “Paul has only been in­volved in Boc­cia for six months and his ded­i­ca­tion is sec­ond to none.

“He paid £380 for his own Boc­cia balls, prac­tices ev­ery day and trav­els the 50-mile round-trip to ev­ery Cam­boc­cia ses­sion.

“It has cer­tainly paid off. With his com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude we could see Paul in the next Par­a­lympics.”

Cam­boc­cia are plan­ning to set up a club in Peter­bor­ough in the near fu­ture.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing should con­tact Shaun at shaun@ cam­boc­

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