UK Squad debut for SportsAble Member
Congratulations to SportsAble member Tia Ruel who made her debut with the Boccia UK Squad (Paralympic team) at the Scottish International Open Boccia Event 13th-15th October at Inverclyde National Sports Centre.
The 20-year-old from Finchampstead, Wokingham, assisted the BC1/2 Boccia UK squad in their mission towards winning GOLD in the teams competition and also won a SILVER medal as an individual athlete, playing a great final against the World Number One and SportsAble Patron David Smith MBE.
Tia had to beat fellow Boccia England athlete Jabe Peake, and world ranking players from Ireland, Denmark and Scotland to secure her place in the final.
She is one of very few females competing in the game and is a hopeful for the Toyko 2020 Paralympic Games.
Tia has been a member of SportsAble since 2006, first joining to focus on field athletics and then discovering a love of Boccia. She is a regular at our Tuesday night sessions and also uses SportsAble’s Boccia court for individual training when she can.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport, similar to boules or petanque, but played indoors. Balls have been softened and adapted to suit athletes with mobility impairments and the court is about the size of a badminton court. The aim of the game is to propel your balls (either red or blue) as close to the jack as possible. It is a game of skill, tactics, accuracy and power. Athletes compete in classifications BC1-BC8 depending upon their level of ability.