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Kerry Jenkinson appointed as International Classifier

Christchurch woman Kerry Jenkinson appointed as International Classifier for Asian Games

Papanui woman Kerry Jenkinson is looking forward to yet another international assignment later this year at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in Korea after being chosen as an International Classifier at the largest boccia event in Asia this October.

The Incheon 2014 Asia Para Games is a big event with about 6000 people from 42 countries (4500 Athletes and 1500 Team Officials) competing in 22 Sports.

The object of boccia is to place as many balls as close as possible to the white target ball, while preventing your opponent from doing the same.

“Classification separates athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups or classes, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.” said Luke Morriss, the New Zealand Director of Boccia. “Kerry has a tonne of knowledge around the sport of boccia in particular having been around Para sports for a long time.”

The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games form part of the qualifying process towards the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and will take place over the course of a week.
Fellow New Zealand referees Paul Coffey from Dunedin and Carol Armstrong from Hamilton have also been selected for the event as Referees which caps off a stellar year for kiwi officials in the sport with Auckland man Harvey Brunt selected as Head Referee for the Beijing World Championships in September.
Contact Boccia New Zealand or visit www.boccia.org.nz for further information.

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