Sport fans in Northampton can get a free taster of the Paralympic sport Boccia this Saturday.
Northamptonshire Sport’s Graeme Wilson will be demonstrating the sport at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery as part of the museum’s Olympic exhibition ‘Going for Gold’ which is showing until October 5.
Boccia is a highly skilled sport, similar to bowls, with a big emphasis placed on players’ ability to propel their team’s red or blue balls with distance control and accuracy to get them as near to the white target ball, called a jack, as possible.
At Paralympic level the game is played by people with disabilities that affect their motor skills. The inclusive rules of Boccia stipulate that all players have to be sat down whether they are a wheelchair user or not, which means that everyone plays on a level playing field.