BTC athletes shine at AoC National Championship | Bridgwater & Taunton College

The AoC Sport National Championship took place over the weekend in Nottingham for its 43rd annual competition, and Team BTC has plenty to be proud of.

The South West region finished in a mighty 2nd place, and our athletes were instrumental in achieving this, competing across Boccia, Cross Country, Table Tennis and Football.

Kicking off a thrilling weekend, Friday saw three of our Foundation Learning students take home a bronze medal for Boccia. An incredible showing from a recently formed team who have only impressed since their debut.

On Saturday afternoon, four students competed in a challenging 5km Endurance Run known for its particularly hilly environment. Representing the South West, the collective score and times secured each a 3rd place finish – and another bronze medal for Team BTC.

Facing last-minute scheduling changes, Bertie Kelly stood to defend the title he won last year for Table Tennis and he thrived, only dropping two sets in the entire tournament. Claiming the Gold medal for his second year at the competition, it didn’t stop there; Bertie and the South West also received the Silver medal for the Table Tennis team event.

The final day of the competition arrived, and it was down to the Women’s Football squad to lead us to further victory. After an action-packed Saturday, the squad needed two wins to secure a 1st place finish and the Gold medal. The team continued their streak of recent successes and flourished in both of their games!

Mason Galloway, Sports Development Manager for Team BTC, said,

All in all, 20 students this weekend have impeccably represented the college against the very best across the whole country. They’ve each had an amazing experience, walked away with medals, and had lots of fun along the way! I’d call that a monumental success.

A massive thank you to all staff involved, too. It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. It has been an amazing weekend for sport and BTC as a whole!

Katie Garratt, Women’s Football & L3 Sports Coaching student, said,

Qualifying for nationals was a massive achievement for this group, but to go on a win the national title is an unexplainable feeling. The whole weekend was an amazing experience and it is unreal to finish the season on the highest of highs. I hope that this success can be continued and be replicated by future BTC students.

To find out more about Team BTC, visit the Sport at College and Student Life pages. If you love playing sport and are in year 10 or 11, you might like to join one of our free Sport Development Days.

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