Sporting successes!

Alton College Pathways student Toby Prudence participated in the 2015 British Special Needs Open Judo Championships. He is a member of the Hollywater Judo Club and Witley Judo Club, and this was his first competition outside of the club environment as well as being his first event as a senior (over 16’s). The competition was held at the Guttmann Sports Complex in Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Para-Olympics.  Competitors came from as far away as Norway, Sweden, Ireland, and from all over the United Kingdom.  The day started with all the competitors joining in a group warm up lead by the current national visual impairment coach – Ian Johns and two Paralympic hopefuls, Chris Skelley and Jack Hodgson.

The other competitors in Toby’s group all had previous competition experience and after the initial fight off, the group had a clear winner.  The rest of the group were all tied for silver and had to refight. Toby had two additional fights during which he gained confidence, demonstrating some good techniques and control during the groundwork part of each fight.  Toby won both of his refights to win the silver medal which was presented by Chris Skelley.

Ben Tyler, an Options group student at Alton College, recently won a bronze medal in both the Men’s Singles and the Men’s Doubles in tennis for people with Learning Difficulties. Ben plays tennis with the LTA Foundation for people with Learning Difficulties which involves playing five regional tournaments a year (North, South, East, West and Midlands) and have five training weekends a year at the same venues.  In between times Ben plays regularly and has two lessons a week, one in a group and one alone.  Ben has a handful of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from these tournaments. He has also qualified to be selected for the Special Olympics GB in Sheffield in 2017.

Tia Ruel, previously at Treloar's College, has also been re-selected for the Boccia England squad in their Lions (B) Team and starts training camps soon. Boccia is a precision ball sport related to bowls and petanque which was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with other severe disabilities affecting motor skills.

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