First Year Student Secures Bronze Medal in Debut Boccia Tournament

First year student, Jagger Curtis, has achieved a bronze medal in their first competitive tournament held in Crawley, the Heathcoat Cup. Jagger, previously from Kings’ School Winchester, has been playing Boccia for a couple of years. The team ‘Solent Boccia’ is based out of Solent University.

Boccia (pronounced bot-cha) is a precision ball sport that tests accuracy and muscle control. The aim of the game is to throw or roll balls close to a target. Players try to score points by getting their balls closest to the target compared to their opponents.

Jagger speaks on the experience:

Being part of a team and winning the bronze medal has increased my confidence and given me passion and hunger for winning more in the future.

On the 17th March, Jagger played in the Heathcoat Cup Qualification Rounds for Boccia England’s impairment groups (BC1-BC8). The Cup hosted competitors from across the South of the country. Jagger played 4 games of which he won 3. The last game was on a tie break followed by a deciding game which clinched him a bronze medal.

Winning the bronze medal helped me qualify for the finals, which were held in Coventry on the 20th April. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any medals but it was the first time I was playing against the top Boccia players for the UK. I learnt new skills and as well as being a great experience, it has inspired me to go further.

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