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Paralympic Gold Winners Come to Wigan
Friday 17th June, 2011

Great Britain (Paralympic Champions) and Portugal (European Champions) are just two of the 14 nations who will be competing at the prestigious Wigan Boccia event.

The annual International Boccia Championships takes place at Wigan’s Robin Park for the fourth year running over the weekend 25-26 June.

Similar to the French game of boules, Boccia is a paralympic sport originally designed to be played by people with Cerebral Palsy.

This year’s event has attracted nine nations who are all expecting to be competing at London 2012. The continued success of the event confirms its status has one of the major events on the world Boccia calendar. Previous Mayors of Wigan has taken particular interest in the championship and this year is set to be no exception.

The tournament is sponsored by the Cheshire Building Society (part of the Nationwide group of companies) and supported by Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.

The host for the event is the Boccia England National Squad.

Event organiser Brian Allen says: “We are really pleased that the event has become established in Wigan. The accommodation, venue, transport arrangements and the staff involved have all helped to make it a really successful tournament.

“The proof of this is that 13 of the 14 countries taking part have returned to Wigan, only Slovenia are new.”
Brian adds: “The Cheshire Building Society’s sponsorship is invaluable and without its support we would not be able to give our inexperienced athletes the chance to develop their skills and techniques on a world-class level.”

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Chris Ready, says: “It’s a fantastic that our borough is playing host to this high-profile event for another year. We are proud to be supporting such an event at such an exciting time. Boccia is a game of great skill and the players are dedicated sports people. The finals can be real edge-of-the-seat stuff so I would urge anyone who is interested to come along and cheers on the national squad.”

Spectators are welcome on Saturday June 25th between 10.30am and 4pm and on Sunday June 26th between 10am and 2pm. Admission is free.

For more information on Boccia, you can contact Brian Allen at Boccia England on 01477 535661 or e-mail lnfo@bocciaengland.org.uk

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