Rotary club win sporting championship

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HUCKNALL Rotary Club are celebrating after becoming national champions in the Rotary Disabled Sports Team Championship.

Sporting talent from Portland College (pictured) represented the Hucknall branch and were awarded first place in the competition with their team, which included students, ex-students, volunteers and individuals from the school’s link programme.

“Finishing as winners of the Rotary Disabled Sports Team Championships is a magnificent achievement for all of the learners and volunteers who competed,” said Portland College’s sports co-ordinator David Winter.

“The victory ranks as the greatest sporting moment in Portland’s history and I am thrilled to have been part of such a momentous occasion.”

The event, which is in its 31st year, was held at the Xcel Leisure Centre in Coventry over the weekend of November 10 and 11.

David added: “Each member of our team has displayed great endeavour and sportsmanship and I am very proud of all of them. I would like to extend our thanks to the Rotary Club of Hucknall for once again inviting us to compete on their behalf and giving us this superb opportunity to be involved in the championships.”

The championships attract some of the top sporting talent in the UK to take part in a wide variety of sports including boccia, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wheelchair racing, new-age kurling and an indoor triathlon.

This is the first time since it began that Hucknall has been crowned champions. As well as taking the top title, they also won several other accolades including Most Improved Team, Triathlon Champions and Weight-lifting Champions.

Foundation learner Mitchell Gosling completed the array of prizes won as he was awarded the Sports Personality of the Event for “his overall contribution, sportsmanship, inspiration and infectious personality.”