I’m Gemma Mitchell, and this is my blog about the Paralympic sport of Boccia. My blog will follow me through my VCBC training, my academy training and competitions. My blog will also cover topics such as my knee injury and recovery, my fitness, other sporting activities, coaching and some general information that I think you might find useful. I hope you will find my stories motivating, fun and beneficial. If you have any questions or comments about anything, please feel free to contact me.
Boccia is one of the most inclusive sports in the world, catering to all types of abilities and ages. The principals of Boccia are similar to bowls. The exceptions are Boccia balls are coloured either six red or six blue and a white ‘jack’ ball. The balls do not have a bias either. Boccia can be played as individuals, pairs or teams of three people that go head-to-head to play socially or compete at the sport. Each player or team will be assigned red or blue balls; a coin toss typically decides this. The object of the game is to get as many of their coloured balls closes to the jack as possible. A match consists of at four ends, more if it is a team or pair match. Players can propel the ball via many methods such as throwing, kicking or using an assistive device called a ramp. To find out more about the sport, go to the About The Game page and have a read.
I’m hoping to educate people about the sport and hopefully increase interest in Boccia. I’m also hoping to encourage any former players to rediscover their interest in the sport again. In the past, lack of training facilities in the local Dorset area has led some people to stop playing. If anyone is interested in participating in Boccia, please message me or visit the VCBC website for more details.
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