Slovakia, 23-26 June 2018


In June, Boccia England took a team of five athletes plus support staff to the 2018 Tatra Cup International Boccia Tournament held in the Liptov region of Slovakia. Spectators were entertained by some fantastic boccia in both Teams and Pairs Competitions as well as Individuals featuring some world ranked athletes and Paralympic Champions representing Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Croatia, and Poland.

Boccia England’s England Performance Group was proudly represented by BC1 Tia Ruel, BC2's Tim Hayes and Reshad Saraj, and BC3's Lee Maddison and Richard Amos. The team was supported by Matt Kendrick (Team Manager), Dan Headley (BC3 Performance Coach) and Felicity Nicholls (BC1/2 Performance Coach) who did an outstanding job throughout the trip.

There were good performances from all squad players as well as a very positive squad environment contributed to the team having a very successful competition and bringing home four medals.
Congratulations to our medallists:

BC1/2 Team Bronze – Tia Ruel, Reshad Saraj and Tim Hayes assisted by Melissa Paulden

Individual BC1 Bronze – Tia Ruel assisted by Melissa Paulden

Individual BC2 Gold – Tim Hayes

Individual BC3 Bronze – Lee Maddison assisted by Chris Foster

There was an 8th place finish for Reshad Saraj in the BC2 classification and a 9th place finish for Rich Amos assisted by Ellis Badger in the BC3 competition. The standard of competition had really stepped up with no easy matches.

There were lots of lessons learnt from the competition and the England Talent Pathway continues to go from strength to strength both domestically and internationally.