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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Paralympian Star Visits Hereward College

Hereward College welcomes a visitor to launch the new lunchtime Boccia club this week. Nigel Murray, one of the most successful Paralympian’s of all time visited the college on Tuesday 17th September 2013 to launch the new activity. The regular lunchtime club will form the basis of the Hereward Team who will be participating in events throughout the year.
Nigel Murray MBE, is a local lad born in Leamington Spa, who training in Warwick, and is Britain’s most successful Boccia player ever. His impressive medal haul includes: two gold; one silver; and one bronze medal from four Olympic Games appearances spanning a 12 year period from the year 2000 right up to the 2012 London Games. He is the fifth most successful Boccia player of all time.

Mark Harding, curriculum lead for sport at Hereward said: “It is an honour to welcome such an inspirational role model to Hereward, the response from our students has been incredible. This adds a new dimension to our impressive array of enrichment activities here at the College, and is played on the superb new sports hall floor completed in the Summer that has been specially lined for this sport.”

Student, Daisy Nash said: “The experience today has been amazing, I am definitely going to try to make the Boccia Team here at Hereward, and can’t wait to start competitions.”

Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a Paralympic sport introduced in 1984: it has no Olympic counterpart; athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball; It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function; it is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.

Photo: Nigel Murray with Hereward students

Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college.
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