William Graham from Fermanagh Lakers Boccia Club participated in the Irish National Boccia Championship in Dublin City University on Saturday.

William reached the finals and was up against a very worthy opponent Niamh Dunphy from Dublin, who was last year’s winner.

The final was played over three games and the pair of competitors could not have been closer. The first game ended up a draw, two each and the referee had to measure on eight separate times with only a millimetre separating the scores.

The second game William took control with taking advantage of an opening and beat Niamh six points to three.

The final game was all to play for but Niamh played superbly and knew she had a three point deficit to achieve if she was to beat William.

The game was so close, Niamh had a 4-0 lead going into the last end but William scored a magnificent two shots on his last shot winning him the Irish BC1 Boccia Title.

Both athletes showed the greatest respect for each other and were congratulated on showing great sportsmanship. Miriam Malone CEO of Paralympics Ireland presented the awards.

The Referee congratulated the players on such a close match.

This has been a super year for William who also gained a bronze medal at the Scottish Open in October.

Disability Sport NI were delighted with the results over the weekend.

William passed on his thanks to Odhran Doherty, Performance Officer for Disability Sport NI for his superb training plan and to his club and coaches for all their support. William really appreciates the staff of the Bawnacre, Irvinestown, Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen and Castlepark, Lisnaskea and to the Council for all their help and providing great facilities to train.