Northern Outlook : August 27th 2014
10 NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 27, 2014 NEWS Bocce club in need of new coach By SHANNON BEYNON If the idea of throwing balls around and regularly having a good laugh with some great people sounds like fun, you could be just what Special Olympics North Canterbury needs. The organisation is looking for a new bocce coach after the sudden and tragic loss of Murray James, from Amberley, who coached the team for 10 years. With no bocce club currently in Christchurch, Gail McClintock, from Special Olympics North Canterbury, says someone with an interest in lawn bowls or petanque, and who can give an hour or so of their time every week, is needed to keep the game played here in North Canterbury. ‘‘We play outside at Southbrook Park, so training is weatherdependent. ‘‘With around 15 people, aged between 18 and 50 or so, who really want to continue playing, we’ll keep it going as long as we can by rostering on our committee members, but we’re all very committed with other activities. ‘‘We really don’t want this to fold.’’ The team takes part in two to three competitions in the South Island each year. Bocce is similar to English lawn bowls and French petanque, in that it is played with an underarm throw, using slightly larger metal or solid plastic balls on a sand court. McClintock says it is easy to learn and play, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. According to the Special Olympics website, bocce is the third most participated in sport in the world, after soccer and golf. ‘‘It’s a fun, social game that’s straightforward to learn and play for athletes of all abilities,’’ McClintock says. It is one of 13 sports endorsed by Special Olympics New Zealand. No experience is necessary for the new coach, as full training and support will be provided. The season begins mid-October and runs through to April, with a hiatus in December-January. ❚ Interested? Give Gail a call on 03 313 5876 or 027 201 2080. Gala-goers have a ball for St John Good cause: Donna and Kane Hampton celebrated 100 years of Devlin Real Estate with Les and Helen Hampton at a gala ball that raised thousands of dollars for the St John Ambulance service.
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