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Triumph over disability

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

THE Fiji Paralympic Committee and Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation successfully achieved its aim of building bridges and bringing people together using the 2012 Fiji Paralympic Games.

The Digicel-sponsored games were held yesterday at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva and attended by over 300 people from 14 provinces and 22 districts.

Yesterday also marked the International Day of People with Disability and FPC senior sports development officer Saimoni Nainoca said this was the first time ever that people from all over the country could attend the event.

The three sports played yesterday were Boccia (pronounced 'botch-ya'), a target game with similar rules to bocce or lawn bowls; goalball, a three-a-side indoor court game developed for players who have visual impairments and sitting volleyball, an alternative version to traditional standing volleyball using a smaller court and lower net.

Nainoca said all the games were Paralympic Sports.

Tailevu North took out boccia after beating Tavua in the final, goalball was won by Serua who beat Cuvu in the final.

Fiji Association of the Deaf won sitting volleyball by beating Cakaudrove in the final.

"From today's (yesterday's) event we have been able to identify a development squad that we will train to compete in national, regional and international competitions," Nainoca said.

"The players return to their respective homes tomorrow (today) but in the coming weeks and months, we will go to them and train them for the respective sport," he said.


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