Barnsley Disability Games 2014
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By Sgt Louis Swaby - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
Judgement day, all the training and practice had come down to this….. The disability games, the Metrodome Leisure Centre in Barnsley. Eager Cadets turned up between 08:00 and 08:10, each and everyone had an enthusiastic and cheerful attitude even though the clocks had gone forward the following night. The Cadets attended a briefing about the details of the day to follow. Once the briefing had finished the Cadets had chance to recap some of the training by playing a few matches before the event got underway.
The Cadets were responsible for the running of the entire boccia competition not including competitor registration. Each of the five courts had a referee, dead ball official, measurer and a foot judge. Referees were allocated and the rest of the Cadets rotated and held each of the remaining positions at least once.
The day got off to a slow start with only one or two courts being active at one time. As the day progressed more competitors registered and therefore the response from the Cadets was to have all courts active at the same time making the dead ball officials job on each court that little bit more difficult considering the sideline for one court was the sideline for another.
The day ran smoothly with the matches in the first and second rounds only playing one end. Cadets were allocated set lunch times to avoid any confusion or shortage of match officials. The Cadets maintained their positive and cheerful attitudes throughout the day which not only ensured a happy and friendly relationship with the competitors but also gave the Cadets that extra burst of enthusiasm.
We were also lucky enough to meet Patrick Horstmann who plays for the Sheffield Sharks who was presenting some awards to the winners.
It was a great day for all involved and everyone that attended found it really enjoyable and up lifting experience. A very big thank you to all who volunteered and all the staff that made it possible.
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