Video: Boccia inspires Collin Gibbons’ enthusiasm

The legacy of last year’s Paralympic Games is being perpetuated locally by one man’s newfound enthusiasm for a little-known sport.Colin Gibbons from Masterton Road, Stamford had never heard of boccia until he saw it played live at last summer’s Paralympic Games in London and he was hooked immediately.The 27-year-old, who has been wheelchair-bound with a mitochondrial disorder since he was 14, realised with a sense of excitement that he would be able to play it.As a sport for people with disabilities, boccia does not yet have a very high profile but Colin is hoping to change that. Boccia is similar to bowls but is played with soft leather balls which players can roll, throw, kick or use a ramp to move.“As soon as I saw it played I said to my parents: I could do that. We came home and Googled it and I said to them – you know I really could do that.” Colin said.

via Video: Boccia inspires Collin Gibbons’ enthusiasm – Rutland and Stamford Mercury.

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