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Beginner boccia lessons roll out

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014
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STEPPING UP: A new boccia programme is providing pathways for athletes from beginner level to high performance.

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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 necessary to compete in international competitions within six months.

Contact Boccia New Zealand and ask for a a "Boccia Basics Passport" to be posted to you or visit boccia.org.nz for more information.

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