Kiwi champ eyes wins overseas

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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.

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