Members of the public can test their skills with a Paralympic sport on Monday at the Inverness Leisure Center.
Those who frequent High Life Highland (HLH) facilities can try their hand at boccia – pronounced bot-cha – which is similar to boules.
The event has no Olympic equivalent and sees players propel a boccia ball by rolling, throwing or hitting it towards a target ball. The player whose ball is closest to the jack wins.
Intended primarily for people with disabilities, able-bodied friends and family present on the day can also participate.
HLH Disability Sports Manager Fiona Green said: âBoccia was originally designed for people with cerebral palsy, but is now practiced by people with a wide range of disabilities. .
âIt was first introduced at the Paralympic Games in 1984 and now more than 50 countries play there, making it the fastest growing sport for people with disabilities in the world.
“We welcome existing players or those who have never played before to give it a try, and if it proves popular, we hope to be able to host regular boccia sessions in the future.”
Charlie Forbes, Head of Disability Sport Development at HLH, added, âThe game is designed for wheelchair athletes to throw the ball the way they want.
âIt can be rolled up a ramp, thrown or kicked or if a player isn’t able to throw it with their hands, they can use assistive devices such as a head pointer.
“It sounds simple enough, but it’s a game of precision and tactics, testing a person’s muscle control and precision.”
The event will be held in the main gym of the Inverness Leisure Center on Bught Lane between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
It is held as part of the celebrations leading up to National Boccia Day, an annual day of celebration and sport awareness on September 27.