A YOUNG woman from Goodwick has become the latest player to watch out for on the boccia circuit.Thirty year-old Sian Jones joined the Welsh squad for a Welsh boocia open event held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff lastweekend.Eighteen players from Wales and Ireland went head to head in a mixed class competition.Sian, who competes in the Paralympic BC2 classification, played in five close games finishing 12th overall.Angela Miles, disability sport development officer for Sport Pembrokeshire, said Sian was a player to look out for in the future.
A THRILLING victory in the final saw Dean Wingate crowned senior champion of the North East Lincs Boccia Championships.
Organised by the NEL Disability Sports Forum and held at Clee Sports Hall, the event brought together competitors from all over the region.
Boccia, one of the fastest growing disability sports, is similar to bowls, but played sat down with red and blue balls targeting a white jack.
Wingate came first in a field of 16 competitors in the senior tournament to emerge victorious.
Jason Tullock comfortably won Group One with three vi
Fiona was told in March she had been selected to captain the BC/1 classification Australian Boccia team.
The team includes people with cerebral palsy, brain injury or similar disabilities.
Fiona can manoeuvre in her own chair unassisted despite her cerebral palsy disability.
Cleveland MP Mark Robinson visited Fiona to congratulate her on her success.
\”Fiona needs sponsorship to assist with elite athlete requirements such as gym, physio, massage and a venue hall to train in,\” he said.
Merseyside Schools Boccia Tournament took place at Greenbank Sports Academy Liverpool on Monday 4 November. With 180 primary and secondary school pupils from both mainstream and specialist schools, and a variety of impairment groups, the event is divided into categories: SLD (Severe Learning Disability) MLD (Moderate Learning Disability) and Sensory impairment.
There were 52 teams taking part from 21 schools across Merseyside, mainstream schools that also bring pupils to the tournament include De La Salle, Woodchurch High, St Chads, Mosslands, Haydock High, St Augustines and Rectory Church of England. There are four finals to be played out with the Primary groups coming together for their own final event.
Thanks to a generous £1,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund, residents of all ages in Banbury are being bowled over by new weekly Boccia classes.
The classes, which are organised by The Royal Voluntary Service, are keeping Banbury residents active and healthy in a fun way.
Boccia is similar to old-fashioned bowls but with a twist. The exercise class is played indoors and seated so it can be enjoyed all year round. It is a fantastic way to get the heart pumping and meet new people in the local area.
The Royal Voluntary Service is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.
A bronze medalist joined an international athlete for a friendly Boccia match.Paralympian Dan Bentley faced Greek player George Gerakis for the practice game at Haverhill Leisure Centre on October 29.The pair were watched by children from across town, who jumped at the chance to see the sportsmen in action.James Purkiss, centre manager, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to watch two international athletes play Boccia here in Haverhill.”
POOLE’s sporting heroes have been celebrated at the annual awards ceremony held at Poole Grammar School.
The prestigious Poole Sports Awards mark the sporting achievements of individuals or teams, and recognise the dedication or long service to a club or sport.
This year sports including netball, cross country running, windsurfing, karate, football, boccia and table cricket were among those commended.
TEAMS from Ludlow and Bishops Castle will be battling for honours in Shropshire Boccia Tournament Finals in Shrewsbury.
The preventative services team of Shropshire Rural Community Council have organised the tournament to help promote activities for older people.
Boccia is similar to the French game of boules and is played by people of all ages in village halls and community centres.
ITS a game of strategy played at the Paralympic level, but for three-year-old William Brady, boccia provided a moment of sheer delight as he realised he could play with everyone else in the room.Wills life has opened up after receiving a motorised wheelchair after a fundraising effort by the Gympie community.Now he has had his first game of boccia.Boccia is a bowling game similar to the Italian game of bocce.It has been designed for people with some loss of functional arm and hand movement and for all ability levels.A ramp can be used for those who are unable to throw.William has Arthrogrythosis Multiplex Congenita with amnioplasia, a condition which creates severe muscle atrophy, joint contractions and muscle wastage, requiring him to be cared for full-time.William was given the chance to join in at Gympie, thanks to MontroseAccess, a charity which provides care and support to people with a disability, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association and Avenue Support.His mother, Celia Knight, said it was a special moment when William realised he could play equally, thanks to a height adjustable ramp.
More than 50 people took part in the second annual Rotary North London DisAbility Games.
Rotary clubs from Harrow and across north London and Hertfordshire joined at the together Aspire National Training Centre, in Stanmore last week.
The games gave participants the chance to take part in indoor activities such as boccia, bowls, table tennis, darts, wheelchair slalom and new age kurling.