Gr-eight Turk aims to become best of British

Cecilia Turk. Picture: Steve Reid (120359-143)
Cecilia Turk. Picture: Steve Reid (120359-143)
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Cecilia Turk has set her sights on a Great Britain return after adding an incredible eighth national title to her collection.

The boccia queen stormed to victory at the National Championships in Worcester against England’s best talent.

That underlined the 30-year-old’s quality and outstanding consistency, as she blew away the opposition.

Turk set the tone for her competition as she cruised through her pool with four victories.

Two 13-0 wins along with a 10-1 and 11-1 success signalled her intent as she progressed to the quarter-finals.

Turk, who has cerebral palsy, then maintained her form with another dominant 13-0 win against old foe Liam Beresford.

The semi-finals paired her with England Boccia team-mate Chris Jackson.

But he couldn’t live with the Waterlooville ace’s quality as she recorded a 12-1 win.

England’s Lewis Fisher provided the opposition in the final but Turk maintained her focus to grab gold and retain her crown with a 6-1 victory.

That makes it the third time on the bounce Turk has taken the title in her BC3 category.

Now the focus turns towards the British Championships next month in Wigan.

Turk is looking for her spot on the GB team again and that will provide the motivation for her going into that event.

The University of Portsmouth student is focused on continuing to prove the doubters wrong.

Turk said: ‘Everyone was saying they were going to beat me. They didn’t beat me – I beat them!

‘I was pleased with how I played but I think that I could do better.

‘I will do better next time. There’s still room for improvement.

‘I have to do better at the British Championships.

‘That comes up next month and I have to do well there. I need to get back into the GB team, so I need to perform well. I have to.’

As well as the British Championships, more international competition is on the horizon for Turk next month in Cheshire.

She will represent England there before another international in the Czech Republic.

That’s on top of her studies, as she currently completes her Masters degree. Despite her packed timetable, Turk is determined to continue proving the doubters wrong and win more trophies.

She said: ‘It’s my eighth national title. Can I carry on winning them? Yes!

‘People say that I won’t but I always prove them wrong.

‘That’s gives me satisfaction. I’m still determined.’