Jackson key figure in NZ boccia team at Sydney

Palmerston Norths Greig Jackson has been selected in the New Zealand High Performance squad to compete at the Asia and Oceania Boccia Championships in Sydney in October.He will compete against the best in the world, many of whom won medals at last years London 2012 Paralympic Games.Boccia is a precision Paralympic sport that is played by individuals with high levels of physical impairment such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other related locomotor deficiencies.

The sport combines the accuracy needed in petanque with the tactics of traditional bowls.Boccia is played competitively in more than 50 countries and New Zealand has been on the world boccia scene since the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.The pinnacle achievements so far include a team silver medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics followed two years later by a team world title at the 2006 world championships in Rio, Brazil.During this time, Jackson has been a key figure in helping New Zealand to become a power on the international stage.

via Jackson key figure in NZ boccia team at Sydney | Stuff.co.nz.

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