A Goldfields Inclusive Sports athlete has won a trophy in recognition of his dedication and skill in the humble but precise game of boccia.
Michael Hodges was recognized in late September at the WA Disabled Sports Association’s Sports Star of the Year awards in Perth.
Hodges was named an awards runner-up and won the Singles Boccia Championships – Open Winners award.
Hodges said he joined the local boccia scene about five years ago to socialize with others and since then he has thrived, winning gold last year and silver this year at the Games. State.
“I didn’t even know I was going to win anything – when they called out my name I was shocked,” he said.
“I have fun when I play – I have a lot of fun.”
The GIS takes a team of around six people to Perth each year to compete against other teams such as Mandurah and Bunbury.
Hodges is also an avid darts player, saying he used to play until midnight, “then go home, get some sleep, and get up to go to work.”
SIG president Erin Wood said Hodges “doesn’t like the limelight.”
“But he won darts competitions as well as this award in September,” she said.
“He is a very active member of our club and we are very happy to have him in the team and the committee.”