Boccia In The News

Below are just some of our star players that have made headlines for their passion for their sport in the media.

We would like to congratulate them for their outstanding achievements.






Sail Away

We all know Hunter Boccia’s Wendy Evans as a fiercely competitive BC3 player, but did you know that she’s a respected and accomplished sailor? Check out this item from Lake Macquarie’s Lakes Mail.

A CHARLESTOWN woman who has cerebral palsy will attempt to become the first person with a severe disability to sail solo around Lake Macquarie.

Wendy Evans will set out from Toronto this Friday, November 10, on the first leg of the journey, from Toronto to Speers Point.

Ms Evans sails with Sailability Toronto.

She will attempt the journey in a specially modified Hansa 303 dinghy.

Sailability Toronto president Marg Jensen said Ms Evans was an accomplished sailor who loved the sport.

“Wendy started sailing at Belmont in 1997 and is doing this because it’s her dream,” Ms Jesnsen said.

“She’ll sail with the support of rescue craft from Sailability Toronto and the Royal Motor Yacht Club of Toronto, and will hope to complete the sail in several legs over a number of weeks.” 

Sailability Toronto members will gather to give her a good send-off at 10am on Friday, from the jetty at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club.

“Wendy has a noteworthy history of racing and winning regattas both in Australia and internationally, but this is the first time a venture like this has been attempted on Lake Macquarie,” Ms Jensen said. 

Ms Evans hopes to raise awareness about people with a disability, and their potential for achievement.




Phil Bates - Sideliner scores top title

What started as a hobby for Cardiff South boccia player Phil Bates has led him to be a national sportsman. Bates, 65, was born with muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that gradually weakens the body...

About four years ago, he discovered boccia, a sport related to bowls and petanque and similar to bocce...

He went on to compete at state then national level...

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Wendy Evans - Athlete heads to Seoul

A HUNTER Boccia Club player has been hand-hand-picked to represent Austraila at the Boccia World Open in South Korea. Charlstown's Wendy Evens is one of three Australians travelling to Seoul for a week in July. Evans has been a member of the Hunter club for five years...

With the competition on the horizon, Evans travels to Sydney every Wednesday to train with the Australian squad. She hopes her international boccia will lead to greater things.

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