Students from Newton Abbot College are celebrating following their silver medal win at the Devon Winter Ability Games held in Barnstable on 31 January.
The seven-strong team, comprising students from years 7-10, took part in the Table Cricket competition at the Tarka Centre in North Devon. The Winter Ability Games encourages the inclusion of young sportsmen and women of all abilities to play specially designed games including Boccia, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Table Cricket uses a table tennis size table to play the modified version of the classic sport, using a smaller version of a cricket bat and ball to score runs against opposing teams.
Competing against other schools and colleges across the county, Newton Abbot College won all of their games to be placed in joint first, before losing out on the gold medal position after a run-count left them behind the leaders by just one run.
Their victory was, in no small part, thanks to year 7 student, Jamie Coombes, whose enthusiasm for the game, encouragement of his teammates and consistent six scoring, ensured that spirits were kept high. Following their matches, the team enjoyed the opportunity to take part in other disciplines including short tennis and archery.
Teacher of Physical Education, Ian Patchett, said of the competition: “We were proud, both as a department and as a College as a whole, to take part in the Devon Winter Ability Games. To have such a fantastic result at the end of the competition was brilliant; a real testament to the camaraderie and teamwork shown by our young players. We look forward to representing the College in Winter Ability Games in the future.”