Playing boccia helps you get out and about

Boccia is a sport specifically designed for athletes with a disability, where two sides compete to get their balls as close to the target ball (jack) as possible.

The ball can be thrown, rolled, bounced or kicked and a ramp can be used if the player is unable to release the ball with their hands.

  • Boccia originated in Greece, where players threw large stones at a stone target
  • Originally designed for people with severe cerebral palsy, it is now enjoyed by players from many sectors of the community
  • Practiced in over 50 countries worldwide
  • Ranges from recreational to a variety of competitive events
  • Became a Paralympic sport in 1984

Evie, 23, from Suffolk suffers from Thrombocytopenia with Absent Radius (TAR) syndrome.

Having originally been an international swimmer, Evie’s legs started to deteriorate so she explored which sports she could do from her wheelchair.

Having fallen in love with boccia and worked her way through the ranks, she says the sport has helped her both physically and mentally.

Boccia is for everyone and breaks the stereotype that you can’t do sport if you are disabled.

Photo from Boccia UK 

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