Ballina students to represent North Coast in NSW boccia comp
THREE students from the Southern Cross K-12 School Support Unit in Ballina will represent the North Coast in the NSW State CHS Boccia Championships next month.
Similar to bowls, boccia is a Paralympic sport designed for people with disabilities, including cerebral palsy.
Head teacher, Support, Kellie Gough said that Anthony "Anno" Pitt (Year 9), Jayden Watson (Year 11) and Liam Hourigan (Year 10) played well in defeating Lismore High 2-0.
"In the North Coast Boccia Knockout, they won their last game to progress to the State championships," Gough said.
"And full credit to Lismore High who competed at State last year; they're a great side."
Support teacher Rod Farrelly who will accompany the boys, said that it was "a fantastic opportunity to play at this level at such a superb venue".
"The boys are excited; really looking forward to going.
"Boccia is obviously a significant part but there'll also be new experiences including being on a plane.
"It'll be a full day with the boccia, but if we make the final, it could be even bigger for them.
"They have all come so far, and we're enormously proud of them. They have a good chance of success.
"They're currently fundraising to help meet airfares, accommodation, and incidental costs for this wonderful opportunity at Olympic Park Stadium on September 4."
Anyone wanting to help financially should contact the school by phoning 6686 0503. Cheques can be made out to Southern Cross School K-12.