DISABLED SPORT: Success for fifth year in a row

Some of the Rugby team with the Mayor and their certificates
Some of the Rugby team with the Mayor and their certificates
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Another amazing performance by Rugby Sport for the Disabled team

ach competitor in the Rugby Team was presented with a framed certificate by the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramesh Srivastava following their amazing performance at the 33rd Rotary Disabled Team Championships. The event was held at the Xcel Centre in Coventry and for the 5th year running Rugby was in the top three places and received a cheque for £200.

Team leader Iris Bingham said: “I always tell the Rugby team to do their best, but most of all enjoy themselves. We certainly had a great team spirit”.

There were 13 sports in the two days of competitions- rifle shooting, darts, boccia pairs, team boccia, kurling, female weight-lifting, male weight-lifting, pitstop, slalom, triathlon (cycling 2k, swimming 100m and rowing 1k), swimming, table tennis and TT for learning difficulties. Most events required a senior and a junior competitor. Some sports needed a senior male and female and a junior boy and girl. Competitors gained points for their positions in each event which were added together to give the final result.

Rugby Sport for the Disabled has few qualifying members from which to choose the team, unlike most other teams who can select from one or two counties.

RSDA was delighted the Mayor of Rugby was able to come and present the certificates. Three individual awards were presented, one for the Darts team of Brian Kinzett and Dave Powers, another for the Female learning difficulty Table Tennis to Pam Powers and a third for Female Weight-lifting to Melissa Mooney and Shauna Duffy.

James Smart was unfortunately away for the presentations but was surprised to be given the Junior Endeavour Cup the following week which was well deserved.

The Rugby Team would like to thank the Mayor for coming and for taking such an interest in RSDA and to the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore who transported members to the event and for their assistance all weekend.