Max – Making friends at boccia
Max has found his calling in a sport called boccia. He recently chatted with us about the benefits of being involved in the sport. He’s met many new friends and made some great achievements in a short time. At the time of our interview, Max had been selected to be on the Junior Queensland Boccia Team, to compete at the Boccia Australia Championships in Narabeen, NSW.
How did you first get involved in boccia?
Muscular Dystrophy Queensland organised a demonstration game in 2012 which I went along to. My first throws were pretty good and John Kavanagh, who was the Queensland State Coach at the time and J-P (the Muscular Dystrophy Queensland Sport and Recreation Coordinator at the time) encouraged me to come along to the Brisbane City club night.
The State Titles and making it through to the finals – and winning silver!
The next big thing for me is to go to the Nationals in Sydney (where I was born!) and play in some more competitions. One day I would like to play for Australia, for now I’m just learning from the more experienced players and the coaches.
What do you like most about playing boccia?
I like the laughs we have at training with Rob our coach, and I like playing my part in the team events. I’ve made many new friends and I look forward to seeing them each week.
We also asked Max’s family about their experiences since Max became involved in boccia. They said:
We love going to watch Max play and we are really pleased how much he is enjoying being part of an organised sport, who knows where he might end up playing in the future? We’ve also made some great friends and we get to share experiences (like assembling wheelbarrows and cooking sausages to raise funds). The inspiring thing is that the club members always cheer each other on and clearly enjoy the success of their team mates as much as their own achievements in the sport.