Sarah Nolan, Head of Health, Care and Access at Tresham College, has enjoyed further success in her role as coach to Paralympic Boccia champion David Smith.
David produced a dominant display to take the BC1 title on the final day of the Boccia World Open in Seville.
David, who won BC1 gold at the Paralympics in Rio last September, beat Thailand’s Witsanu Huadpradit in his opening tie of the day, before dominating Daniel Perez, from the Netherlands, with a 5-1 score line in the semi-finals to set up a showdown against Joao Pinto.
But the world number one would not be denied as he breezed past the Portuguese player 9-1 in the final to take the gold. David had been in imperious form throughout the competition, winning all four of his pool stage ties, conceding just three points in the process.
Sarah Nolan commented:
“This was David’s first chance since the Paralympics in Rio to meet all his top rivals in one competition to check out how well everyone is dealing with the new ball testing. David totally dominated proving his authority. It was a real pleasure working with him as he has developed into a professional Boccia player performing at his best.”
Sarah has been David’s Boccia on-court assistant for over 8 years and helped guide him to major honours in several World and Paralympic competitions. Boccia is one of three Paralympic sports specifically invented for athletes with disabilities. It is a target sport that tests muscle control and accuracy, demanding extreme skill and concentration at the highest level.