[Boccia sports Introduction]
Boccia in Taiwan was introduced by Cerebral Palsy Association. It was originally designed to be played by people with severe disabilities (cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, non progressive brain injury or muscular dystrophy). It is a Paralympic sport.
Boccia is a sport played with very few motor skills but strategies and techniques. Cerebral Palsy Association has been trying to popularize boccia for 13 years. It gradually reaches to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, children and seniors.
Boccia can be played on a recreational and competitive basis. It is a leisure sport suitable for people with physical disabilities, senior citizens and children. The Cerebral Palsy Association of R.O.C. has been developing long-term community associations in schools, medical facilities, or educational institutes around the country, trying to invigorate public sports movement.
2015 National Boccia Championships held events as follows：
--> Cerebral palsy--Over 12 years old, caused by brain injury and diagnosed as cerebral palsy patient.
--> Physical disability--Over 12 years old, disability classification is mainly physical disability.。
--> Intellectual disability--Over 12 years old, disability classification is mainly intellectual disability.。
--> Children--Under 12 years old children with disability cards, every disability classification is eligible.
--> Seniors--Over 60 years old with ID card, no disability card needed.