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European Gold Medallists come to Wigan
Monday 22nd July, 2013

Fresh from winning European gold medals in Portugal, Great Britain will be in Wigan later this month to defend their Cheshire title won last year.

The annual International Boccia Championships takes place at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena over the weekend of July 27/28.

Sponsored by the Cheshire Building Society and supported by Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, the championships will see 50 athletes from five countries use their skill and precision to try and take the top honours.

Boccia is a Paralympics sport, similar to Boules, and was originally designed to be played by people with Cerebral Palsy. Teams taking part in this year’s event are from Scotland, Wales, Sweden, the Czech Republic and England. The event is hosted by Boccia England.

Organiser Brian Allen says: “We have been really pleased with the way the event has been run since coming to Wigan six years ago. The accommodation, venue, transport arrangements and staff involved all contributed to make it a really successful tournament.

He adds: “This is the last year The Cheshire Building Society is sponsoring the event and we thank them for all their past support which covers 14 years. Their sponsorship has been invaluable and without its support we would not have been able to give inexperienced athletes the chance to develop their skills and techniques on a world-class level.”

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “I have attended this event for the past few years now and last year I visited on both the Saturday and Sunday. I've been fortunate enough to meet some truly inspirational people during that time.

"It's great that Robin Park is considered a world class sporting venue and is attracting international sporting events like this. I'd encourage those who have never watched Boccia to get down to this event.

"I wish all those competing good luck and I hope our visitors get the chance to explore the borough during their time here.”

The championships will run between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday July 27/28 and anyone can come along and watch for free!

To learn more about Boccia, you can contact Boccia England on 0115 967 8455 or e-mail info@bocciaengland.org.uk

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