2019 Boccia Update Feb 19'

12 Feb

February 2019

Our Vision: To develop boccia in New Zealand ensuring it is sustainable, inclusive and progressive; and to be the world's leading boccia nation.

Our Mission: To promote and support the sport of boccia amongst all people with a physical disability throughout New Zealand.Hi and welcome to the New Year. Boccia New Zealand trusts everyone had an enjoyable break over the festive season.

If you have any feedback please get in touch.

Until the next end, keep rolling everyone...


New Boccia New Zealand Board Member

Congratulations to Matthew Whiting (Christchurch) who joins the Boccia New Zealand Executive Committee following his election at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Matt brings a players perspective to the board, has a great passion for boccia and holds a wealth of knowledge having been involved with boccia in NZ since the early 2000’s. Welcome aboard Matt!

2019 Cerebral Palsy Society Holiday Boccia Tournament
The Cerebral Palsy Society Holiday Boccia Tournament signalled the start of the 2019 boccia season with the event held at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre in Auckland on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January. Twelve pairs engaged in friendly competition over the two days, looking to gain early season bragging rights. It was great to see some new faces attending the competition and catching up with everyone after the festive season.
Congratulations to all the players, volunteers and support personnel who made this such an enjoyable competition and a massive thank you to the Cerebral Palsy Society for their ongoing support of this event.

1st: Dominic Hagar & Nessie Thomson
2nd: Maurice Toon & Mark Pattinson
3rd: Khi Chen & Sally Williams2019 Sanctioned EventsBoccia New Zealand will once again host three sanctioned events during the 2019 season. Sanctioned events provide players the opportunity to represent their region, compete against the best players across the country and earn national ranking points.

2019 Sanctioned Events:

North Island Boccia Championships:
Date: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April
City: Auckland
Venue: Allan Brewster Leisure Centre

South Island Boccia Championships:
Date: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July
City: Dunedin
Venue: St Hilda's Collegiate School

New Zealand National Boccia Championships
 Friday 11th - Monday 14th October
City: Wellington
Venue: ASB Sports Centre

When available, entry forms for all three events will be available for download on the Boccia NZ website - http://www.boccia.org.nz/events2.html

New Zealand Officials Invited to International Competitions
Boccia New Zealand is excited to announce that three New Zealand officials have been invited to attend the first wave of international events in 2019.
Kerry Jenkinson (Christchurch) will attend the Guangzhou Regional Open in China during March where she will form part of the classification panel for this competition. Paul Coffey (Dunedin) and Teri May Mann (Auckland) will attend the Hong Kong World Open during May as part of the refereeing team and will officiate throughout the competition. This is a significant milestone for Teri May as this will be her first event as a qualified international referee having attained her accreditation at the Dubai World Open during December 2018.
Congratulations to Kerry, Paul and Teri May and we know they will all do a fantastic job representing New Zealand.

High Performance
Boccia New Zealand is excited to announce that Greig Jackson (Palmerston North)  has been allocated a slot at the Hong Kong World Open in May where he will compete in the Individual BC3 competition. Greig will carry plenty of momentum into this event having won his and NZ's first individual medal (bronze) at the Chinese Taipei Regional Open in Taiwan during November 2018. Following a short break over the Christmas period, Greig and his ramp assistant Bruce Bycroft have been training tirelessly in preparation for their first international event of 2019.
We wish Greig all the best for this competition and know he will represent NZ proudly!

If you would like to support Greig and his international activities throughout 2019 you can do so via donation on his Givealittle Page - https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/get-greig-to-boccia-interntional-tournaments-this?fbclid=IwAR0cGimIW7PiraZ-aYHUDNNgkGv_HBz4MicYms-B6z5hVys-lmB4EMkwsnI

Boccia Basics: The FUNdamentals programme
The Boccia Basics: The FUNdamentals programme contains a fun checklist that focuses on the basic boccia skills to allow players to continually learn and progress through the sport at their own pace.

To start earning your Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, please click here...

Almost completed your next award but need some assistance? Please click here... for some useful training tips and techniques guides.


What is boccia?
Boccia is an exciting sport that combines strategy and accuracy. Find out more...

Who can play boccia?
Boccia is a truly inclusive sport for all to play but to play competitively players must display movement difficulties in all four limbs. Find out more...

How to play boccia.
See the rules in action and how to play an end of boccia. Find out more...

To find out what equipment is used in the sport of boccia and how to order pleaseclick here...


Thank a 'Boccia' volunteer
Club members, parents, carers, teachers, school students, volunteers and friends form the backbone of boccia throughout New Zealand. They are the coaches, officials, classifiers, sport-assistants, fundraisers, administrators, 'ball-picker-uppers', and fans who cheer from the side. Through the Lotto Volunteer Foundation and Sport New Zealand you can thank a volunteer here...

Our Supporters
Boccia New Zealand is grateful for the following funders, sponsors and supporters who have helped us to promote and support the sport of boccia amongst all people with a physical disability throughout New Zealand.


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