Boccia Regional Training Programme Launches
First Grassroot Training Applying Regional Concept to Promote Sports Culture among the Impaired
The Association launches the Boccia Regional Training Programme to provide boccia trainings to people with physical impairments in six regions across Hong Kong, enabling participants to make exercise a habit and build up a healthy lifestyle. The programme is first training course adopting regional concept with a vision to encourage the impaired in community to participate in sport. The Programme Kick-off Ceremony was held today (17 April). Officiating guests included the Association’s Chairman, Dr. James LAM, Chairperson of Novice Athlete Development Subcommittee, WU Siu Ling, Elaine, and Member, LEUNG Siu Tong, General Secretary, LAM Chun Ying, Martin, head boccia coach KWOK Hart Wing and Chef District Managers of the six regions.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Chairman, Dr. James LAM said, “The Association started organising the Programme since last September. Preparing for the first programme developed with regional concept, the Association secured venues from six regions across Hong Kong, namely Island East and South, Kowloon East and West as well as New Territories East and West. Participants could choose freely to train at the most convenient venue among these regions. The successful launch of the Programme hinged on the full support of the District Managers by promoting and recruiting participants and contribution of the coaches and volunteers. On behalf of the Association, I would like to express sincere thanks to them for their efforts.” Followed by the speech, Dr. LAM presented the Certificate of Appreciation to District Managers, coach trainees and assistants.
Meanwhile, two-time Paralympic gold medallist LEUNG Yuk Wing and reigning Asian Youth Para Games silver medallist CHEUNG Yuen gave demonstration of boccia. LEUNG Yuk Wing remarked, “It is very encouraging that the Association could source venues for all six regions. People with impairments are given more opportunities to play boccia, which makes the sport more accessible and further develops sports culture among them. I hope that new talents could be identified through this Programme and bring in new blood to Hong Kong Team.”
Dr. LAM, Chef District Managers, participants and coach trainees joined hands to officiate at the Ceremony, kicking start the Programme officially. A participant said, “I am delighted to join the programme. Boccia, a strategy and mind game that improves muscle coordination, is suitable for the impaired to get started with and train regularly.” Apart from boccia, the Association will also organise regional training programme of other sports in future to encourage the physically impaired to stay in sports.
Boccia Regional Training Programme commenced this week with 60 participants enrolled. The Programme calls for enrolment, people aged eight or above with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other disabilities affecting motor skills are welcome to enrol free of charge.
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