Trainings were previously held on a fixed court at Mornington Golf Club, but sessions were always dependent on the weather. Now the club’s training sessions take place at Toitu Poneke Centre in Kilbirnie, where the Packabocce courts are used indoors.
“The Packabocce courts are very easy to set up and the players enjoy them,” Warda says.
Designed for Special Olympics programmes and events, Competition Packabocce courts are easily transported in a wheely bag and can be pumped up and packed away in a matter of minutes.
The ancient Italian sport is still relatively new to Wellington but it is growing fast, with support from Special Olympics New Zealand and Special Olympics Manawatū – which also uses Packabocce courts in its programme and has one of the largest playing numbers of any bocce club in the country.
In 2018 there were more than 440,000 people playing bocce in Special Olympics programmes around the world, and over 600 in New Zealand across 27 clubs.
The upcoming Special Olympics Summer Games in Hamilton will bring more than 1,600 athletes together for the multi-day event, a year after it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
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