Thames Valley Kings wheelchair basketball players Reece Barker and Liam Barker helped the South East to claim two medals at the Lord’s Taveners National Junior Championships over the weekend.
The under-15s side took gold in what was the region’s first ever medal since the championships began almost 15 years ago, while the under-19s team came away with a bronze.
Things started off well on Saturday as both sides were undefeated in easily qualifying from the group stages.
The under-19s made it through to the semi-finals with a 20-8 win over Wales, before coming unstuck against the West Midlands where they lost 20-11.
However a strong counter-attacking second period ensured that the South East won the bronze medal match against Yorkshire 18-10.
Yorkshire were also the opponents for the under-15s in their semi-final game, and a strong defensive showing saw them come through with a 28-17 victory.
This set up a tie with Wales in the final, and the South East took an early eight point lead that would prove crucial as the Welsh attempted to mount a comeback.
But it was to no avail, and the South East held on to win 20-17.
Kings member Peter Rapley acted as assistant coach to the under-19s, and was pleased with the results.
He said: “It was another great weekend of basketball with an amazing team of people.
“We made it back-to-back medals by achieving bronze for the second year in a row, and a massive well done to our under-15s team who only went and won the tournament.
“It’s great to have both teams medalling for the first time.”