The Gold Coast Boccia Club is gearing for the final round of the local series in its inaugural year ahead of the state championships.
Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to lawn bowls played by people with motor disabilities.
“Boccia is played on a boccia court which looks different to a lawn bowls court, so balls can be thrown, kicked, hand-thrown or rolled down a boccia ramp”, program officer Beth Green said.
The first Boccia club on the Gold Coast was founded this year at Currumbin Community Special School. Many people with disabilities have become involved, quickly building a supportive community.
National-level player Lachlan Kavanagh said it was a fantastic way for people with disabilities to become involved in a popular sport and make new friends.
“I have been playing boccia at an international level since 2004. You can make new friends in the sport, but it is also good for your health, well-being and fitness”, Mr Kavanagh said.
Describing the sport as “hard work, tactful and fun”, he said the inclusiveness allows players to gain strength and confidence in their capabilities.
“Boccia has taught me how to control my emotions and that everyone has the same capability and experience. The players are all the same, and treat each other with respect,” he said.
The Boccia Club will play again on October 30, after which each club across South-East Queensland will compete for the Tri-series cup.
If you, or anyone else is interested in participating, contact Beth Green on firstname.lastname@example.org