Month: October 2019

Polish Open 2019

Team GB score Bronze Medal at the Polish Open Para Dance Sport Championship.

The World Para Dance Sport Polish Open was held in Lomianki, Poland over the weekend of 5th-6th October 2019.

A regular host for Para Dance Sport competitions having held 2 previous European Championships the host city was well prepared for a good weekend of wheelchair dance.

Over 10 countries including Mexico, Ukraine, Slovenia, Great Britain and the host nation, Poland, took to the floor over the 2-day championship.

Team GB was again represented by our own Gary Lyness and Paula Moulton.

Gary and Paula competed in Combi Freestyle on the Saturday, despite both suffering from sickness.

They forged on through their “LaLaLand” routine to a great reaction from the crowd.

On the day they were announced 4th, which was a good result given the circumstances.  It later transpired however, there was a Scrutineer error which saw their result corrected to third to take the Bronze Medal.

So, while the pair missed their place in the spotlight on the podium, they received their medals at the host hotel on the Sunday.

“We are ecstatic with our first Medal placing for Team GB in Freestyle” said Paula. Gary added “It’s a great honour for us to represent our country and even better when we can bring home a medal”.

Unfortunately, due to their illnesses they were unable to compete in the Latin Combi event on the Sunday.

Gary and Paula are now in training for the upcoming Para Dance Sport World Championships which are to be held in Bonn, Germany 29th November – 1st December 2019.

Photos from the competition.