At first, Ashleigh Jamieson hated boccia. She thought the sport – a form of bowls – was the most boring in the world. But then she was told she was a ”natural”.
Now, just 14 months after she first picked up the leather ball at the behest of a Paralympics talent scout, Jamieson is a strong contender for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
”I think being complimented on it and being told, actually, I was half-decent at a sport, kind of made me want to keep going with it to see what happened,” says the 15-year-old, who has muscular dystrophy. ”A lot has happened from it which has been really good.”