To mark National Boccia Day on 27th September, Disability Sport Wales invites you to get to know our Boccia Coordinator, Tomas Martin!
What is your role with DSW?
"I am the Boccia Coordinator for DSW. My role is to develop the sport in Wales and to support with community activity to identify new people to engage with the pathway."
Why get involved in Boccia?
"Boccia is very inclusive and suitable for all abilities. If you like a challenge then this sport is for you – I urge you to give it a go!"
What does Boccia mean to you?
"Boccia is about being included in an activity where I am equal to everyone else. Boccia has given me opportunities as an athlete representing my country to pursuing a career. It has also given me many social benefits such as making lifelong friends. Boccia is my life."
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Boccia was practised for many years as a leisure activity before being introduced at the New York 1984 Paralympics as a competitive sport. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart, alongside Goalball.
Competitive pathways in Boccia are reserved for athletes with disabilities that have a major impact on motor skills, but this mind game of strategic throws and tactics can be enjoyed by almost anyone, and as such is one of the most accessible sports.