Variety of Tasmania

James, aged 10 and Brittney, aged 14 are remarkable siblings. Both are diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and use powered wheelchairs independently for mobility.

As keen Boccia players, James and Brittney were selected to represent Tasmania in the 2016 National Boccia Titles held in Sydney. Through the Variety Tasmania Scholarship Program, a contribution was made to the costs of travelling to Sydney and participation in this prestigious event.

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Brittney described attending the Boccia championships as one of the best experiences of her life; it enabled her to compete in a sport where she is not “cheating” because the rules of the sport have not been “bent or modified” to accommodate players in wheelchairs.

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James was incredibly excited to be able to take part, as this gave him the perfect opportunity to meet other people from around Australia and make lasting friendships through a common love of sport.

Such was the success of participating in the 2016 National Boccia Titles for this dynamic duo, both James and Brittney added even more medals to their ever-growing collection, each winning gold in their respective pairs’ competitions.

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