Beginner boccia lessons roll out
Boccia beginners can become world-class competitors within six months thanks to a new skills programme developed by Boccia New Zealand.
The game is similar to lawn bowls where seated athletes with physical disabilities throw, kick or use a ramp to propel leather balls as close as possible to a jack.
Clubs in central Auckland include the Onehunga Boccia Club and IRIS Boccia in Fowlds Park.
The free FUNdamental skills programme is designed for anyone with a physical disability and is being rolled out across the country.
Boccia New Zealand director Luke Morriss has been working on the programme for six months.
It contains a three-level checklist that participants can work through at their own pace to gain bronze, silver and gold awards.
‘‘Boccia is a Paralympic sport that tests each competitor’s degree of muscle control and accuracy and can be played almost anywhere,’’ he says.
The programme provides a clear pathway to achievement for players, Mr Morriss says.
By completing the awards programme, participants can gain the skills necess- ary to compete in international competitions within six months.
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