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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.


Sophie's success celebrated with 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.

  1. Sally Molloy

Rowing Lily's gold postbox

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

Brand Hatch closures

Drivers are being advised to avoid the roads around Brand Hatch racing circuit in Kent as closures come into affect due to the Paralympics. Athletes start using the venue for training from today, which is why the closures have come into affect two days before the start of competition.

  • A20 at Gorse Hill: from south of Eglantine Road to south of Brands Hatch entrance will be closed except for access.

  • Scratchers Lane, Fawkham: from its junction with A20 London Road throughout its entire length to its junction with Fawkham Road will be closed with restricted access.

  • Part of Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown: between Scratchers Lane and a rear entrance to Brands Hatch will be closed with restricted access.

Passengers warned about busy train services

Passengers are being warned that services will be busier this week with the end of summer holidays coinciding with the Paralympic Games.

High speed services will be most affected with the Javelin® service conveying Paralympic spectators to the Olympic Park

Metro and mainline services will also be busier than usual with spectators travelling to Paralympic venues and live sites in and around London.

A Southeastern spokesman said: “With many schools and commuters returning from summer holidays our services will be much busier than normal.

We’re running extra trains and longer trains where we can, but at the busiest times there may be occasions when customers may need to queue before boarding a train.

We advise passengers to adjust journeys wherever possible to avoid the busiest periods and allow extra time to travel.”


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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