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Date: 26th January 2018

Christian Mason, a silver medallist at the Special Olympics last year, demonstrated and taught both Entry level and Level 2 Newton Rigg Sport students how to play Boccia.

The aim of the game is to throw leather balls — coloured red or blue (which side uses which is determined by a coin toss) as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack. Initially the game looked easy as similar to bowls but it soon became clear to all that there was a lot of skill involved to play and ultimately to win. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning a new skill and working with the award-winning athlete.

To be eligible to compete in boccia at national or international level, athletes must have a disability and be in a wheelchair, as a result of cerebral palsy, or another neurological condition that has similar effects.

The Special Olympics are following on from the success of the Paralympics but are for people with additional learning needs. To find out more and how you can be involved or support go to their website:

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