Boccia kicks off in Tonga
“The program also aims at creating a network of confident volunteer presenters who can support the program in their own village,” says Netina Latu the coordinator of the program. “I hope to provide sport practitioners in these villages with ideas and strategies on how to include more people with disabilities in their activities,” she added.
Boccia is a game which can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three and the aim is to throw leather balls as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack. Boccia is a great tool in initiating inclusive sport in the community as it can be played by anyone from young children to adults and the older members of the village including people with disabilities hereby there is no feeling of segregation in the sport. “We are grateful to learn ways on how we can participate together and enjoy each other’s company in sport. The different game activities we have learned are so much fun and I am sure our committee here at Hofoa will continue to carry out these activities weekly in preparation for our competition with Nukunuku in August, “commented Lufina Pohahau of Hofoa.
The 8th of August has been set aside for the first competition between these two villages to be held at Hofoa. The competition will run in different categories, children, wheelchair class, and the mature citizens. The program wishes to extend to other parts of Tongatapu once Hofoa and Nukunuku are well under way!