Boccia England

THE LESLIE MARTIN MEMORIAL CUP

Thank you to Mark from Boccia Sheffield for sharing the below:

On 13th May 2018, the Leslie Martin Memorial Cup took place at Talbot Specialist School in Sheffield to remember a legend of the boccia family.

Leslie Martin sadly passed away in November 2017 and to celebrate his life a teams boccia competition took place in his honour. Twelve teams came from far and wide, including; Boccia Sheffield, Sheffield Smashers, Nottingham, Durham, Smile Through Sport, Greenbank Giants, Chesterfield, Knights Academy, Jorvik and First York.

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All of the teams did a lap of honour to 'High Ho Silver Lining' to show their respect to Leslie and remember him for the loud and proud player that he was. The teams competed hard all day and there was some fantastic boccia on offer. Eventually though it came down to the final 4 teams; Sheffield, First York, Nottingham and Knights. After some brilliant semi finals the two finalists were the Knights and Nottingham. Having played brilliant all day, Nottingham came through as eventual Champions taking away the first Leslie Martin Memorial Cup.

The day was made complete with Leslie's brother, Kyle Martin handing out the medals and the trophy to all of the medalists. A fitting tribute to an amazing day.

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A huge thank you must go to all the volunteers that came from far and wide to support the competition, thanks go to;

  • Ian Woodward
  • Rachel Miller
  • Anne Cradock
  • Tim Cradock
  • Liz Moulam
  • Jenni Wade
  • Gareth Brown
  • Bob Lathbury
  • Jenna Cookson
  • Viv Lathbury
  • Carrie Briggs
  • Barrie Smith
  • Callum Annakin
  • and many more throughout the day

The competition was a huge success and it keeps Leslie Martin's memory living on through boccia.

Thank you to everyone that competed on the day.

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