Woman’s hard work recognised

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A Papplewick woman has received a prestigious award for her efforts to improve participation in disability sport in the UK.

As chairman of Boccia England, Maggie Else travelled to Norway, Portugal, Brazil and Chile investigating good practice in other sport governing bodies.

She was presented with a Churchill medallion at a prestigious biennial award ceremony in London last month after successfully completing her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.

“The travelling fellowships provide opportunities for British citizens to go abroad on a worthwhile enterprise of their own choosing,” said Maggie, “with the aim of enriching their lives through wider experience.

“They can then bring back the benefit to others in their UK profession or community through sharing the results of their new knowledge”.

Boccia is a Paralympic sport quite similar to bowls.

The aim of the game is for opposing sides to throw leather balls as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack.

Maggie was presented with a Churchill medallion by guest of honour, Dame Mary Peters DBE, Olympic gold medal winning pentathlete and a 1972 Churchill Fellow herself.

She was among 113 others to receive the honour at Church House, Westminster.