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.
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.
TWO Ludlow teams have made it through to the Shropshire Boccia County final in Shrewsbury next Friday (October 25).
Whitefriars 3Js and Whitefriars Sylvia and her Boys sealed the top two places in the Boccia Ludlow area heat.
Julie Stanness, Violet Proxton and Janet Tipton make up Whitefriars 3Js team, who took top spot with 36 points.
Sylvia Richards, David Bissel and Robin Brookes formed Whitefriars Sylvia and her Boys, who took the silver medal with 33 points.
Ludlow College assistant principal Rachel Seddon awarded medals to the winning teams.
A Paralympian has spurred children on to aim high after sharing his story of success with pupils at Birch Wood Special School.
Team GB Boccia player Daniel Bentley, who has cerebral palsy, visited the school in Melton on Monday to take part in a special assembly.
A spokeswoman at the school said: “Dan was an inspiration for pupils, they wanted to know how much he had to practice to get into the Paralympics and how he copes with all his training, they had lots of questions.”
The visit, which concluded with a Boccia lesson, was organised as part of a themed week on inspirational people at the school, supported by Melton Council.