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Claire Taggart wins UK Boccia Championship

Sat 30th June 2018

Local Boccia Paralympian Claire Taggart became the first Boccia athlete from Northern Ireland to win a British Championship when she took the title in the BC2 classification.

Following a tough pool section against England's James Clowes 3-1, Tim Hayes 5-2 and Scotland's Callum Glasgow 6-2, Claire then overcame Boccia UK team mate Will Hipwell 4-1 in the semi-final. To round off an already stellar performance, Claire saved her best performance for the final against English Champion Reshad Saraj to secure a comfortable 6-0 win.

Northern Ireland was also represented in the BC3 category by Ballyclare duo Hannah Uprichard and Robyn McBride who were debuting at the UK Championship level for the first time. Both girls played outstanding Boccia over the weekend with Robyn securing a 4th place finish and Hannah securing a 7th place finish.

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Claire Taggart with medals and two competitors

Hannah Uprichard using a head pointer

Robyn McBride using a head pointer