A PARALYMPIAN from Trowbridge is looking for support to continue to compete in boccia – a sport he is passionate about.
Jonah Wright is 29 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy. He needs help to be able to perform many daily tasks due to his very limited mobility.
Despite this, Jonah has been playing boccia since he was in school and has since become a very successful player in the sport.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport that was introduced in 1984 and has no Olympic equivalent.
It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function and is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.
Jonah uses a header pointer to control the ball.
This device allows the movement of the mouse pointer to be controlled by voluntary head movements, which means that it can grab and release the ball without using its hands.
Jonah has competed at multiple levels, from local competitions to regional and national competitions.
A few years ago he was selected to join the England Lions squad after 16 years of competition, so he now has to travel regularly to attend various sporting events.
Jonah wants to continue driving his successes, but as his parents are increasingly unable to help him, he hopes someone can lend him a hand.
He said: âI need to have some volunteers to help me with my sport that I play, and I play all over the country in training camps and competitions, and I can’t do my sport. without a few volunteers to help me. ”
Jonah fell in love with his sport when one of his PE teachers came up with the idea that boccia might be the perfect solution for him when he couldn’t play other sports at his school.
Impressed by the suggestion, Jonas’ father took it with him and was amazed at his success.
Her father was able to use a ramp to guide the ball and continued to support her alongside Jonah’s mother.
But in the future, Jonah hopes that he can count on the security of knowing that he also has other people who can get involved.
He said: âAs my parents get older and take me to competitions and training days across the country, and besides, I need a ramp assistant to participate in competitions and events. training days because I don’t have a permanent assistant ramp. ”
If you can help, email [email protected] to be put in touch with the family.