Be­gin­ner boc­cia lessons roll out

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

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.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video about boc­cia.

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