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Boccia player Jason Rolph wins overcoming adversity award at the 2015 Roy Burrell Awards

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Boccia England player Jason Rolph v England women’s football player Casey Stoney. Image credit: Boccia England

Yesterday, Jason Rolph won the overcoming adversity award at the 2015 Roy Burrell Awards at a ceremony that took place at Netherhall School in Cambridge, England.



In 2013, as a 14-year-old student at  Impington Village College, Rolph competed at the National Boccia Championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.  He made the finals in the BC2 classification, before going down to British international  James Clowes. In 2012, he was given a £250 scholarship to assist in developing his boccia skills as part of the Elite Athletes Award Scheme Budget by the South Cambridgeshire District Council .  In January 2014, he competed at the East Regional 2013/2014 Championships, where he finished third overall in the competition, losing to top place finish Warren Dyer and second place finisher Paul Akers.  In December of last year, he participated in a Boccia Talent Camp organized by Boccia England.  Rolph has a goal of making the 2020 Summer Paralympics team for Great Britain.


The Roy Burrell Awards are given annually by the  Cambridge and District Secondary School Sports Association.  All Year 11 students are eligible.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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