A surprise awaited a Rotarian at the end of this year’s annual Boccia tournament held in Sandwich on Thursday. The tournament, organised by the four local Rotary clubs of Dover, Deal, Sandwich and South Foreland, has been a fixture since 2013 when John Gisbey the then President of the Sandwich club was the architect and the prime initiator of the event. To celebrate his achievement the current Presidents of the four clubs presented Mr Gisbey with an engraved glassware gift in response to which he addressed competitors thanking them for their participation and said how much he had enjoyed the event over the last five years and how he hoped to see everyone again in 2019 for the sixth tournament.
This year’s tournament attracted teams from Swalecliffe, Whitstable, Deal, Shepway, Herne Bay, Sandwich, Canterbury and Thanet. Boccia was originally designed for people with severe cerebral palsy and is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. The sport is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with severe physical disabilities and is now enjoyed by players from many sectors of the community and in 1984 became a Paralympic Sport.
At the close of the Tournament this year’s competitors all went home with a medal of one sort or another and the Mayor of Sandwich, Paul Graeme, as well as the District Governor of Rotary District 1120, Carol Vizzard, were on hand to present the medals.