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Junior athletes shine at state boccia titles

Paralympic bronze medal cyclist inspires them to strive for Rio 2016

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The future of Australian boccia on the world stage is in safe hands if results of the recent NSW State Titles are any indication.

Junior athletes dominated the three-day event at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen, inspired by Paralympic bronze medal cyclist Alex Green who was on hand to present the medals.

With a world-title already under her belt, Alex witnessed tough competition from the 44 boccia athletes from throughout NSW and interstate who were contesting five classifications.

Boccia is a sport played by people with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy. It can be played from recreational to Paralympic level.

‘It was a great display from all our boccia athletes with some finals going down the wire’, said Peter King who manages the boccia program with Cerebral Palsy Alliance. ‘It was fantastic to see our younger athletes toughly contesting many of the finals, with some even coming away with gold medals.

‘Like Paralympic bronze medal cyclist Alex Green, who is also Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s youngest board member, many of our young athletes now have their sights firmly set on the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.’

Northern beaches teenager Aaryan Shah convincingly beat fellow northern beaches resident and boccia veteran Scott Elsworth to claim gold in the BC2 classification.

Barry Fear, also from the northern beaches, won gold in the BC1 classification defeating Illawarra teenager Mecenzi Howard, whilst up and coming junior Joanne Vaz from south western Sydney claimed bronze.

In the BC3 classification it was another all-northern beaches final with Forestville teenager Spencer Cotie taking silver after going down to Terry Cooper who took gold. Newcastle’s Wendy Evans took out the bronze medal.

The BC4/Open classification was once again won by the Central Coast’s Dean Nottle, who narrowly defeated Newcastle’s James Nutt, whilst Adam Alcorn from Newcastle took out bronze.

The State Titles were the final selection event for the NSW team to contest the 2014 Boccia Australia Nationals which will be held 1th – 15th May at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen.

For further information about boccia contact Peter King on 0418 467 702 or pking@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 10 Apr 2014