Kiwi champ eyes wins overseas
Not content with bowling over the competition on home soil, boccia player David Phuah has his sights firmly set on the 2016 Brazil Paralympic Games.
The 22-year-old’s potential as a future champion of the sport was recognised at the National Championships in Christchurch last year where the Epsom resident claimed the silver medal in the BC3 grade during a tough battle with veteran Henk Dijkstra.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport which combines the deadly accuracy needed in petanque with the complex tactics used in traditional outdoor and indoor bowls. It is played for the most part by those with a physical disability.
Phuah, who has cerebral palsy, kickstarted his preparation for the 2016 Games at the first boccia tournament of the new Paralympic cycle in Auckland last week.
New Zealand is looking to make a comeback on to the international scene this year, competing at the Asia Oceania Championships and Australian Nationals after taking time out to concentrate on developing the domestic boccia scene further.
Cerebral Palsy Society director of boccia Luke Morris says Phuah’s training programme will be intense.
Future champion: Onehunga Boccia Club player and Epsom resident David Phuah is a potential contender for the 2016 Brazil Paralympic Games.