Boccia: the woman Claire de Larne wins the double at the International Open



Great British Paralympian Claire Taggart won two medals at the Czech International Open in Prague.

Larne’s wife won bronze in the individual matches and won silver in the team matches.

In the team matches, Claire and her teammates Will Hipwell and Raegan Stevenson faced stiff opposition from Slovakia in the final to secure a silver medal.

Claire then faced Slovakian Peter Novata in a tough semi-final game, winning 3-2 and taking bronze.

The opening is just two weeks before the 2019 British Boccia Championships, where reigning British champion BC2 Taggart will once again face the best players from across the UK and fight to retain her title.

“Getting both silver and bronze at the Czech International Open in Prague gave me a big boost ahead of the UK Championships this month,” she said. “It will be great to compete for the British title again, but this time in my home country alongside my four teammates who have also qualified for the Championships.

“It was a great start to 2019 with a significant personal achievement earlier in the year. I won my first individual medal in Zagreb at the European Regional Open, becoming the first person from Northern Ireland to win a medal at this event. “

Claire competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2018 Boccia World Championships, as is the current British boccia champion after her victory last year.

The next major competition for Claire will be the 2019 British Boccia Championships at Antrim Forum on June 15-16. Claire will be joined at the championships by fellow Northern Ireland players Jayne Milligan (BC4), William Graham (BC1), Scott Cromie (BC2) and Robyn McBride (BC3).

The event is free and open to all spectators who wish to see the best British boccia players in action.



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