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Disabled sporting event makes welcome return to Ayrshire school

Ayrshire Sportsability held a very successful Boccia event at Ayr Academy – and nearly 20 people with learning, physical and sensory disabilities took part.

Boccia is a precision sport, like boules and petanque, for athletes with severe physical disabilities.

It has been a Paralympic sport since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and Ayrshire has two Paralympians – Scott and Jamie McCowan, both from Dundonald, who competed for Great Britain last year in Beijing.

The event at Ayr Academy was funded by The Trefoil Trust and is the first boccia festival Ayrshire Sportsability has been able to hold in over two years due to the pandemic.

The event gave people the opportunity to try out boccia and then later in the day to play competitive games.

A spokesperson for Ayrshire Sportsability said: “Thank you to the coaches and volunteers at Inspire South Ayrshire, North Ayrshire Active Schools and UWS.

“Ayrshire Sportsability already runs boccia sessions in Ayrshire with local partners Inspire South Ayrshire and Vibrant Communities East Ayrshire.”

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The next event was a weekend of activities at Dolphin House, Maybole, organized by South Ayrshire Council’s Thriving Communities team.

These players try their hand at the precision sport of boccia
These players try their hand at the precision sport of boccia. Pic Alister Firth

A spokesperson said: “We had 10 young people with physical, learning and sensory disabilities, along with parents and Emma, ​​a volunteer from North Ayrshire Council.

“We all participated in various activities like orienteering, archery, tug of war, rock pooling and volcano building.

“This event was made possible through funding received from Scottish Disability Sport through Better Breaks.”

Archery sessions at Dolphin House, Maybole.  Pic Alister Firth
Archery sessions at Dolphin House, Maybole. Pic Alister Firth

Ayrshire Sportsability Chairman Dr Nicci Potts said: “After almost two years without being able to hold any events it has been fantastic to be able to provide these opportunities and we look forward to seeing more smiles on people’s faces all throughout the year.”

Ayrshire Sportsability organizes events enabling people with disabilities to participate in physical activities and sports.

To find out more about their activities, follow them on Facebook or Twitter @sports_ability or email them at [email protected]

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