Meet and Greet #7: Ramping up for Boccia

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Boccia is a Paralympic event played by men and women who have motor skill impairments. First introduced at the New York Paralympic Games in 1984, Boccia is now played competitively in more than 50 countries around the world.

This Meet and Greet, we had the pleasure of having Nurul Taha, a Team Singapore boccia athlete, share her 10-year boccia journey with us. Because of her muscular condition, she is not able to propel a boccia ball, and uses a ramp to deliver the balls onto court. She gave an insight into her ramp developments over the years, and how improvements to this assistive device have helped her play better.

This was followed by an interactive session where participants had to build mini boccia ramps in 30 minutes, and compete in a friendly boccia game. This activity prompted the participants to consider ramp orientation and height, as well as ball density; variables which boccia athletes themselves have to take into account when playing the game.

Nurul was introduced to the sport of boccia in 2003. She has competed at major international competitions, and is the first Singaporean to have qualified for boccia at the Paralympic level, finishing 7th in the BC3 Individual event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This month, Nurul will be one of three athletes representing Singapore at the 2015 Australian Nationals. We wish Nurul and Team Singapore all the best in this latest competition!

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