Story: Disabled sport

Boccia (1st of 2)

Boccia, described as a mix of lawn bowls and pétanque, is a game for people with physical disability. The aim is to get a leather ball as close as possible to the jack, requiring a combination of skill and strategy. Players compete in categories based on their functional ability. Some players are able to throw the ball themselves, while others require a ramp and the help of an assistant.

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Ian McDonald, 'Disabled sport - Development of disabled sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Ian McDonald, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 2 Aug 2017