On Sunday, Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, hosted the closing ceremony for the 22nd edition of the Summer Deaflympics.
For the 10 days that the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia lasted, we were treated to a series of heroic performances by British athletes - in sports ranging from shooting to athletics and football.
In the 10 days before the games began, the BSL Zone posted 10 athlete profiles of our British competitors who were preparing for the Deaflympics! Then, every day during the games, we posted daily highlights (made by a very hard-working team from Remark Media!), showing you all the key action!
The first of our two programmes summing up the games is now online (with the second programme online from Monday 12th August) but before that, here are the key moments from our daily highlights and video profiles – just click on the links to find out more!
Perhaps the most moving moment of the games came on Saturday 3rd August, when Great Britain Womens Football team won their bronze medal – going one better than 2009, when they finished fourth. Watch them being awarded their medals in the Day 10 highlights!
To win, the team endured scorching hot conditions against Poland, playing extra time, then holding their nerve in the penalty shoot out to secure victory. When the winning penalty was scored against Poland, Victoria Wenman scoring with a stunningly cool bottom-corner finish, their coach Mark Gill was caught on film wiping away tears.
Victoria Wenman starred in one of our athlete profiles before the games, where she talked about wanting to get revenge for the team's defeat against Russia in the bronze medal match four years ago. Although the team lost to Russia in their first match, with her winning penalty Wenman certainly helped them to get over 2009! Watch her athlete profile here.
Another heroic performance came from tennis player Catherine Fletcher, who continued to play with a shoulder injury. By the end of the games, she could only serve underarm and she went home without a medal, finishing fourth in three tournaments - the singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She may have gone home empty-handed, but she won a great deal of admiration for the way she battled on.
Other special moments include the silver medal won by Lauren Peffers in the 400m (see the end of the Day 6 highlights) after her own battle against injury. Peffers survived an appeal by another athlete before her medal was confirmed, and was awarded her medal the following day. Watch her interview in our Day 7 highlights by clicking here.
It seems like a long time ago now, but the British team got off to a great start in the games, all thanks to debut Deaflympian Melanie Jewett’s bronze medal in the marathon, in the first event of the games - and the only one held outside Bulgaria. Here's her athlete profile!
One of the major pieces of news from the games was an emotional retirement from Deaf sport’s equivalent of Sir Steven Redgrave, the five-time gold meal winning badminton player Rajeev Bagga. He finally bowed out at these games with a speech on the court. Check out his athlete profile - recorded before the games - here.
The only Briton to get two medals was cyclist Tom Smith, who won a silver and a bronze medal in Sofia and was given the honour of being the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. See him getting his silver medal at the end of our video highlights from Day 8!
We hope you'll tune in on Monday 12th August for our action packed second programme summing up the games for even more action from Sofia. Don't miss it!
Well done to everyone on the Great Britain team - and to our team filming the games in Sofia. You did us proud!