Sporting success for team Phoenix Fire at national Boccia finals
Epilepsy Society's Boccia team 'Phoenix Fire' reached the UK national finals in Sheffield after winning their regional heats, competing as a team of four against the best teams from across the UK.
Boccia is a target sport designed for athletes with high support needs. It is played indoors with soft leather balls and uses intriguing tactics and incredible skill to play, generating a game filled with nail-biting tension. 'Phoenix Fire' and 'Phoenix Flames' train every Wednesday evening at Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre- this year Phoenix Fire won the south east regional league, earning them a place in the Boccia National finals on 30th June. With thrilling wins against Paul Places Raiders and WMCA Romford along with a tense game against Pace, Phoenix Fire finished in ninth place - a fantastic achievement for the small team.
The team is led by Artur Piernik, an activity coordinator at Epilepsy Society, and is captained by Shirley Benett. The team have benefitted from some expert coaching and volunteer support from Graham Judge who is a national referee for Boccia England. They rely on membership fees, fundraising, and twice yearly bike sales at the Chalfont Centre to support their training in the sport.
This weekend on 7th July 2018, Epilepsy Society will be holding its annual Phoenix Games at its Chalfont Centre, bringing together teams from across the south of England to compete across 13 sport disciplines. If you would like to learn more about the sport of Boccia please contact Epilepsy Society's activities team on 01494 601 365.
'Phoenix Fire' and 'Phoenix Flames' are part of the Boccia programme and are full member’s of Boccia UK, funded by UK Sport.
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