Student success at National Junior Games
Peter Langton, previously at Treloar College, recently competed at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in the WheelPower National Junior Games and came third in Boccia and first in both Polybat and Electric Slalom. The Games is an annual event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for children with disabilities aged between 11 and 18.
Peter explained: ‘Over 120 participants each year benefit from the guidance of some of the country's leading coaches in disability sport. The Games are open to young people with a physical or mild sensory disability and combine have-a-go sessions with coaching and competitions in a range of different age groups. Paralympic stars Ade Adepitan, David Weir and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson took part in the National Junior Games on their road to success and thousands of children are taking part in this extraordinary event each year.’
Peter has been playing boccia since 2009 and was hooked on the game when his PE teachers at his school suggested he got involved and gave it a go. He trains once or twice every week and would love to compete at a higher level in the future. He said ‘maybe one day I could become a Gold Paralympian medallist like former Alton College student David Smith.’ Currently he is studying the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate in Sport and hopes to go on to become a sports coach to encourage young people in disabled sports.
He explained: ‘My involvement in boccia has been brilliant. In 2011, I travelled with two other students for a group game in Sheffield to represent the South East and we came second from teams of young sports people across the whole country. In January 2014 and 2015, I took part in the Heathcoat Cup, but both times sadly got knocked out at the group stage. However, I did have the opportunity to play against Dan Bentley in 2015; he is a Paralympic boccia player who won bronze in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. I recently also took part in National Boccia Day.’
We look forward to seeing Peter’s progress in the future.
Read more about other students' success in boccia here
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