The Mayor of St Albans has presented Special Olympic medals to winning boccia athletes.

Councillor Eileen Harris, mayor of the city, presented the Boccia athletes - the target ball sport that has become better known in the London 2012 Paralympic game - with medals on Sunday, November 18.

Around 30 athletes gave supporters an exciting day as they competed to qualify for the Eastern Region boccia tournament at De Havilland Sports Centre in Hatfield.

Participants came to compete from across the eastern region of England, Greater London, Kingston upon Thames, Brighton and Hove.

The most successful competitors will now go on to compete in the Special Olympics National Games which take place in Bath in August 2013.

Councillor Harris said: "I want to express my warmest congratulations to all the athletes for their achievements here.

"Special Olympics St Albans is one of the three exceptional charities I support as mayor. It was wonderful to meet so many Special Olympics athletes and supporters today, and to share their enjoyment of this exciting sport."