Jacob courts further success
12:48pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
AFTER achieving his Paralympic dream in London last summer, young local boccia player Jacob Thomas has now set his sights on Rio.
The 18 year-old , who attended Ysgol Y Preseli, recently took part in the British Boccia Individual Championships, as well as the Cheshire International team event, at Wigan.
Jacob won silver in the individual BC3 event – losing to Scott McCowan, who was delighted to get revenge having been beaten by Jacob for the last two years.
In the team event Jacob, who is still Welsh champion, was paired with newcomer Patrick Wilson from Scotland. The pair narrowly lost to the more experienced partnership of Jess Hunter and Scott McCowan.
Next up, Jacob returns to the Olympic Park in London to compete for Great Britain in an international team event against Greece.
Angela Miles, disability sport development officer for Sport Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire County Council’s sports development service – said his continued progress boded well for Rio in 2016.
Based on boules, boccia was originally developed for people with cerebral palsy but is now played by people of all abilities and disabilities.