Protopapas and Barry claim gold at CPISRA World Games
Australia’s Lucas Protopapas and Josh Barry have today triumphed at the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association’s World Games in England, claiming gold for their country with a round up their sleeve.
The Victoria duo produced their fourth straight pairs victory at the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham to round out the penultimate day of the competition, giving them an unassailable lead in the pairs discipline’s gold medal hunt, with the result of tomorrow’s final round robin fixture unable to impact their standing.
19 year-old Protopapas, from Heatherdale Bowls Club, and Sebastopol’s Barry, 33, produced a momentous win against Scotland’s Fraser Mathieson and Garry Brown in today’s fourth pairs rubber to keep their unblemished record intact and assure them of a top of the table final placing, regardless of tomorrow’s outcome.
While the event is Protopapas’ first foray into international competition, the result boasted added impetus for Barry, who retains the title he won at the previous World Games in 2005.
Barry has goes into the final day of play in the box seat of the singles competition, headlining his section with four wins from as many matches, while in the opposite side of the draw, Protopapas isn’t far off the mark; in third position with three wins, behind England’s undefeated Laurence Turner and four shots behind Scotland’s Fraser Mathieson.
Bowls Australia congratulate Lucas and Josh and wish them well in the remaining singles and pairs matches.
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Caption: Josh Barry in action at the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham, England.