Corena Harrison makes Australia proud at Dubai International Boccia Competition

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From left to right: David Smith MP, Barry Yesberg (coach of Corena), CEO of ACT Clubs Gwyn Rees, CEO of Vikings Group Anthony Hill and Corena Smith (front and center). Photo: Supplied.

Chifley’s Corena Harrison has become well known in Canberra and across Australia as a steadfast boccia competitor *.

Corena is back from Dubai after competing and placing 9e at the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISF) 2019 Dubai Boccia Regional Open.

Having competed in boccia for over a decade, Corena has accomplished a lot. She has represented Australia on the world stage since 2007 and has won countless medals as an individual and team competitor.

In 2016, at the national titles, Corena won a gold medal both in her class and as captain of the Australian team. Most recently, Corena was selected for the emerging Tokyo 2020 Paralympic team.

ACT clubs and the Vikings group have supported Corena to represent Australia at the 2019 Dubai Regional Boccia Open of the International Boccia Sports Federation (BISF). ACT Clubs General Manager Gwyn Rees and Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill attended the pre-trip meeting in the office of Bean member David Smith to wish Corena good luck in the competition and learn some tips of the champion player.

Corena Harrison

Corena showed off her skills (and the innovative use of a muffin pan).

Mr Rees said ACT Clubs were delighted to support Corena on her trip to Dubai to represent Australia at the Regional Boccia Open.

ACT clubs and the Viking Group are renowned for their generosity and support for local sporting heroes.

“All of our clubs play an important role in supporting our community groups and members, and that is just one example,” said Mr. Rees.

“Vikings Group strongly believes in supporting our community, we have been doing this for 40 years now. Corena is a resident of Tuggeranong and we are very happy that we were able to give her the support she needed to help her to go to Dubai, ”said Anthony Hill, CEO of Vikings Group.

Besides being a champion at the sport, Corena and her trainer Barry Yesberg have become well known in the athletic community for the brilliant innovation of using a muffin pan attached to her wheelchair to hold her six balls as she lines up for his winning throws. .

Barry praised Corena as the champion of the sport and said what really sets her apart as a competitor is her boundless enthusiasm.

Corena enjoyed the trip and seeing Dubai, even more so she thrived in competition. She was grateful for the support she received from the ACT Clubs and Vikings Group and Elite Physio in Deakin prior to this event, and from her trainer Barry with whom she worked closely for many years.

* Boccia is a ball game similar to lawn balls and pétanque, which can be played by people with disabilities. Some of the athletic competitors suffer from cerebral palsy or other disabilities such as muscular dystrophy.

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