Paralympic gold medallist treats Greenhill House residents to some boccia coaching

7 September 2015

Greenhill House residents - bocciaTo celebrate the fact it's exactly one year until the Paralympic Games in Brazil, disabled residents at Greenhill House in Somerset have enjoyed some world-class coaching from one of Britain’s most successful paralympians!

Nigel Murray, who won gold medals at both the London and Beijing games, was coaching residents at boccia — a precision sport related to bowls and petanque popular among people with mobility conditions.

The British team captain provided one-to-one technique training at Bath University’s boccia court, a sports facility which was built with London 2012 legacy funding.

We are continuing to develop a successful relationship with the Paralympics, with an increasing number of athletes supporting us with physical activity and fundraising initiatives.

Over the summer we celebrated National Paralympic Day by staging a residents-versus-staff boccia competition at Greenhill House.

Nigel Murray at Greenhill HouseWe also had swimming star Ellie Symonds supporting Greenhill House residents during a boccia demonstration at Bath University. We were lucky to have paralympic sprinter Ben Rushgrove watching the team train this year too.

We recently announced our new status as an Associate Member of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). We will use this status to build on our commitment to inclusion.

We will work with EFDS to ensure more disabled people can be active for life.

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