A former Willoughby man who moved to Gloucester over three years ago to pursue his career of playing boccia has achieved success at the highest level.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport similar to boules.
And Ben Curry, 26, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, has been part of the BC3 England Squad for the past two years.
He is also a Lloyds TSB Local Hero and attends training camps throughout the year around the country.
Earlier in the year he competed in regional competitions, gaining silver and bronze medals, which qualified him for a place in the National Boccia Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in May for the seventh consecutive year.
He played exceptionally well but narrowly missing out on a medal by coming fourth.
At the end of May, Ben was one of four England players selected to travel to Oslo for the Norwegian Invitational at the National Olympic Training Centre; a fantastic venue where he enjoyed two days of training with the Norwegian elite squad followed by a tournament on the final day.
England had great results, taking the top four positions with Ben successfully bringing home the amazing trophy.
Last weekend Ben competed in the International Boccia Championships in Wigan.
Ben, together with England teammate Craig Johnson, came away with the Bronze trophy.