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Whangarei athlete claims regional title

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30 June 2014

Whangarei athlete claims regional title

20 athletes from across the North Island descended on Hamilton looking for crucial ranking points to help their chances ahead of the National Championships later this year.

Despite sending a small team of three to battle for regional honours this year, the Northland Boccia club still managed to take home the spoils.

After topping his group in pool play, New Zealand number one Scott Burdett was too strong for the rest of the competition en route to claiming the gold medal in the Kiwi grade.

“Scott has dominated the grade for the best part of the last decade and has consistently brings a high standard each tournament” said Boccia New Zealand Director Luke Morriss.

“I’m happy to go the tournament without dropping a game” said Burdett. “My semi-final was much closer than I would have liked but I managed to save my best for last in the final (12-1) against long-time rival Khi Chung Chen from Auckland”.

Boccia is a sport designed for individuals with physical impairments and is best described as an indoor version of petanque with soft leather balls. The aim of the game is to get as many of your coloured balls as close as possible to the jack while preventing the opposition from doing the same.

To get involved with the sport or to find out more information contact Luke Morriss on 0800 503 603 ext. 3 or visit www.boccia.org.nz

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