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Gold medal match: British champion in Boccia final

David Smith in action Credit: PA

Hampshire's David Smith is battling it out in the gold medal match of the Boccia.

David, who's 23 and from Easteigh is playing Thailand's Pattaya Tadtong.

David learnt how to play Boccia at Treloars College in Hampshire.

Aged 14, he became the youngest ever player to secure the title of British Champion and he was crowned World Champion at the age of 18.

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Sophie's success celebrated with golden stamp

Sophie Christiansen's golden stamp
Sophie Christiansen's golden stamp Credit: Royal Mail

Maidenhead rider Sophie Christiansen can expect a warm welcome when she returns home from the Paralympics.

Royal Mail has unveiled a special gold stamp for the rider after she won gold in the individual dressage Grade 1a event.

The company will paint one of their post boxes in Maidenhead gold in her honor although they have not yet revealed which one it will be.

The 24-year-olds performance also helped to secure the team gold for Paralympics GB.

Rowing Lily's gold postbox

by Sally Molloy
A gold postbox for Lily van den Broecke Credit: ITV Meridian

A postbox has been painted gold in Oxford to celebrate Lily van den Broecke’s win in the Paralympic Rowing. She triumphed in the Mixed Coxed Four final yesterday and the postbox has been painted in Divinity Road to recognise her achievement.

Lily van den Broecke (left) and Pamela Relph after their victory in the LTA4+ Mixed Coxed Four race at Eton Dorney, Berkshire. Credit: PA

Poole Table tennis player wins Paralympic silver

Will Bayley in action Credit: PA

Paralympics GB's Will Bayley has won silver in the Men's Singles table tennis - Class 7.

The 24-year-old from Poole in Dorset lost to 47-year-old Jochen Wollmert from Germany at the ExCel in London by three games to one.

Whilst recovering from cancer aged seven, Will discovered he could play a good game of Table Tennis.

Thanks to his Grandma, who bought him his first table, Will continued to progress in the sport.

At the age of 12 he joined Byng Hall Table Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells where he continued to improve before moving on to represent Kent men’s team of non-disabled players.

Will was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affected all four of his limbs.**

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Athletes begin their paralympic challenge

Darren Kenny Credit: Paralympics

Dorset's Darren Kenny OBE will be hoping to reach the medals when he compete in the C1-3 1 kilometer time trial later at the Velodrome. The 42 year old who has cerebral palsy currently holds all the world and paralympic records in his class.

Ben Quilter Credit: Paralympics

Ben Quilter from Brighton will be hoping to add an olympic gold to his collection of titles. The world number one who came fifth in Beijing will fight in -60kg catagory later.

Mandy Pankhurst Credit: Paralympics

Mandy Pankhurst from Haslemere will be going for gold in the women's shooting later. She competes in the R2 10 metre Air Rifle class.

Joining them we have hopefuls in the Boccia, Archery, Wheelchair basketball, table tennis and goalball.

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