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Boccia, The sport of Champions

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Puddle Fact: Boccia is pronounced "Bot-Cha"

Boccia: The Super Cool Precision Ball Game

Bethan McDermott at The Puddle Project
Bethan McDermott (Puddler)

Hey there, folks! I'm Bethan, and I'm excited to be creating my very first article for The Puddle Project. Today, I'm going to tell you about an awesome sport called Boccia, which I absolutely love. I used to be a Puddle World Champion in this game (will be again!), and I can't wait to share with you why it's so amazing and why you should know all about it. So, let's jump right in and have some fun!

Boccia: What's the Deal?

Ellie Dibben refereeing The Puddle Boccia World Cup

Imagine playing a game that's a bit like bowls, but with its own unique rules. That's Boccia! It's a sport played by talented athletes at the Paralympics, and it's all about precision and strategy.

Here's the deal: you've got to throw or roll coloured balls, either red or blue, as close as you can to a white target ball called the "jack."

The Puddle Project's Al Fresco Arena

At The Puddle Project, we've given Boccia a whole new twist. Instead of playing indoors on a smooth surface, we've taken it outside onto the artificial turf in our Sensory Garden. Imagine playing this precision ball game in the fresh air, surrounded by the beauty of the great outdoors. It's like having a picnic and playing a sport at the same time!

Everyone's Invited!

The crowd at The Puddle Boccia World Cup

What makes Boccia awesome is that it's a game for everyone. It's specially designed for athletes with physical disabilities. In Boccia, you don't need to worry about how strong you are because it's all about using your brain and skills to win.

Adapting Like a Champ

In Boccia, you get to show off your skills in different ways. Some players use their hands, others use their feet, and some even use special devices to make things exciting. It's all about being flexible and clever on the court.

Boccia Comes in Many Flavours

Boccia isn't just one game; it's like a whole buffet of sports! You can play it individually, in pairs, or with a whole team. This sport has become very popular among athletes with disabilities all over the world. It's been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1984 and keeps getting cooler every year!

My Amazing Journey

Champions in The Puddle Boccia World Cup 2023

For me, Boccia is more than just a sport; it's a passion. I used to be a Puddle World Champion in this game, and let me tell you, it's been an incredible journey. Boccia helped me discover my inner strength, get really good at strategy, and make some awesome friends along the way.

My story is all about showing that no matter what challenges you face, you can still achieve big things if you work hard and stay determined.

Puddle Round Up

In a nutshell, Boccia isn't just a game; it's a celebration of diversity, inspiration, and the power of teamwork. Through my love for Boccia, I want to invite you to join the fun, embrace inclusivity, and appreciate the amazing things sports can do for all of us. Let's cheer on the incredible spirit of people who never give up and remember that every victory, even the small ones, is worth a big celebration!

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