A teenager with a restricted growth condition is proving to be a top player in the world of boccia.
Seamus Morrison, 16, of Sutton-on-Trent, started playing five years ago with the Dwarf Sports Association (DSA) a UK organisation for children and adults with restricted growth conditions that enables them to train and compete together.
One of the association’s patrons is British Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who started her sporting life with it.
Seamus, who is studying for A-levels at Tuxford Academy, had early success at boccia and joined the Nottinghamshire Boccia Club, which trains weekly at Rainworth.
“There are a lot of sports, such as football and basketball, where I have a real disadvantage so I decided to have a go at boccia,” said Seamus.
“I wasn’t a natural but I stuck at it and trained regularly.”
At the end of the 2016-17 season he defended his trophy as the DSA junior singles champion, winning it for the second consecutive year.
He also won the Peter Sugden Trophy as the overall singles champion, beating the open and masters singles winners. He is the first competitor to become the champion while still a junior player.
“I really couldn’t believe I had beaten them,” he said.
'My main goal is to have fun'
Seamus is part of Nottinghamshire Boccia Club’s Rio’s Rockets team, which competed in the Boccia English National League last season.
They won the league and are now in the Super League and will play matches in Mansfield, Cheltenham, Hatfield and Sheffield.
The season has started and Seamus is next in action in Cheltenham in December.
Now Seamus is 16 he will move into the open singles competition with the DSA.
If he wins that, against experienced adult players, he will have the chance of winning the Peter Sugden Trophy for a second time.
He also has his eye on the World Dwarf Games, which will be held in 2021.
“My main goal is to have fun,” said Seamus.
“You win some, you lose some but the most important thing is to keep trying.”