The game of Boccia is a Paralympic sporting discipline that is rapidly gaining momentum in South Africa and mainly attracting people with severe disabilities. It is like bowls, but played with soft leather Boccia balls imported from Denmark.
Pick a Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017 hosted the 8th year of the event. Prior to the event, Event Manager Picca de Bruin and referee Naomi Meiring visit each centre to work with the groups and select 10 best players to represent each APD centre.
Nine APD centres within the Eden District were invited to partake in a day of fun, a total of 90 participants. An event created for both physically or mentally disabled persons. “We are most grateful to the sponsors, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, as well as Pick n Pay and the support of Worldsport. Unfortunately, 7 sets of practise balls were lost, as my home and office was one of the many properties destroyed in the recent fire. But with the help and encouragement of Jenni Liefeldt of Worldsport and the disaster relief fund, we are working on importing replacement sets.’’
“Many of the participants got to know each other over the past 8 years, in the first rounds the camaraderie is noticeable but when the gets to the final rounds the centres challenge each other for the floating trophy”, says Picca de Bruin the Event manager.
The participants were most honoured to have Madam Mayor, Eleanor Bouw-Spies opening the event. “Each of you participating today, is a sportsperson. Through sport we meet, build relations and encourage each other to perform to the best of our ability. To the investors, sponsors thank you for getting involved in this event and at this level. As a community, we treasure you and do have fun today!”
There was great excitement when she challenged Oom Sias Hartnick from APD Rheenendal. The day was completed with a visit by the Minister of Department Cultural affairs and Sport Western Cape, Ms Anroux Marais. Not only the winners but also each participant was personally congratulated by Minister Marais as she handed then each a medal of participating.
This year the floating trophies went to APD Rheenendal, a proud moment for the centre as it was the first year they participated!
Picca de Bruin
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