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Cranebrook High officially best boccia school in NSW – again!

Boccia team beats 60 other schools to successfully defend statewide knock-out title

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For the second year running, Cranebrook High School has triumphed over 60 other schools from throughout metropolitan and regional NSW to take top honours in the 2013 Boccia NSW School Knockout Competition.

16 teams contested the Grand Final at Sydney Olympic Park during the week with Cranebrook High School, lead by team captain Connor Hamlin, successfully defending the title it won in 2012.

Heathcote High School from Sydney’s south finished second, with Killarney Heights High from Sydney’s northern beaches coming third.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance coordinated the knockout boccia competition for students with a disability, in partnership with Boccia NSW, NSW School Sport Unit and Disability Unit, NSW Sport and Recreation and NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Boccia is a cross between Italian bocce and lawn bowls and is played by people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The competition promoted boccia as a viable school activity for students with a disability and encouraged their participation in competitive and recreational sport.

Peter King, head of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s boccia program and Boccia NSW President,  said the competition was a great success.

‘Cranebrook High has shown once again that is it a force to be reckoned with on the boccia court’, Peter said.

‘The success of the school knock-out comp has shown us how a Paralympic sport can deliver valuable social benefits to young athletes with disabilities.

‘All 60 schools involved have shown wonderful support for their athletes who have trained hard and are justifiably proud of representing their schools at State level.

‘We have also identified some strong up and coming new talent, which bodes well as we look towards the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio’, he said.

For more details about boccia, contact Peter King on 0418 467 702 or pking@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Media Contact:  Jennifer Durante – Media Manager – (02) 9975 8758 / 0419 802 602

Released on 6 Sep 2013