A HERNE Bay Paralympic sports club have just celebrated their second birthday as they help lead the way for disability sport in the county.
Herne Bay Boccia offer the opportunity for athletes with motor disabilities to play a target ball sport related to the French game of petanque or Britain’s own indoor bowls.
Boccia is played sitting down and the balls can be rolled, thrown or pushed with the foot. It became a Paralympic sport in 1994 and the Herne Bay club are going from strength to strength.
They have taken part in three tournaments, the first one at Dover in October 2013, where they won the Beryl Griggs Trophy and were presented with individual gold medals.
In April 2014 they finished third in the Rotary Club tournament at Sandwich, while six months later, at Dover again, they finished second.
A team have been entered for this year’s Rotary Club tournament at Sandwich.
In January the learnt that two of their players had been chosen for the South East Regional Championships run by Boccia England and in Guildford.
Unfortunately, one was unable to take part due to illness, but Joe Sutton did compete and also went on to compete in last month’s London regionals.
Herne Bay Boccia have this year been the main instigators in trying to set up a Kent Boccia league in conjunction with Boccia England and the county council.
Four teams have shown an interest in getting a Kent league up and running, with Mike Bishop at the county council trying to arrange a venue for this to be played. A Kent league would be a big step forward for disability sport in Kent.