Northern Ireland’s leading vehicle conversion company, TBC Conversions, have been named as the corporate sponsor of the 2019 UK Boccia Championships which are being hosted in Northern Ireland for the very first time. This year’s championship will take place from the 14th – 16th June in the Antrim Forum.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport designed for athletes with impairments affecting all four limbs, similar to bowls it is a target ball sport which tests both muscle control and accuracy. Currently the fastest growing disability sport in the world, propelling balls to land as close as possible to a marker ball is the aim of the game and having originated in ancient Greece and Egypt, the sport is now played in over 50 countries worldwide.
The UK Championships, hosted by Disability Sport NI, will see elite players from across the UK coming together to compete. These players will include David Smith MBE, the joint most successful British Boccia player in history and Northern Ireland’s own UK Champion Claire Taggart from Larne (pictured) who became the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the sport of Boccia at Paralympic level.
Based in a purpose-built factory in Dungannon and with offices in Birkenhead, TBC Conversions, converts and adapts vehicles for wheelchair users, as well as minibuses and taxis for the commercial and public sector and also have a specialist section for bespoke conversions.
David Donnell, Managing Director of TBC Conversions said:
“When we heard that the UK Boccia Championships were coming to Northern Ireland, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to show our support for these amazing athletes.
“We deal with customers across the UK who have mobility issues on a daily basis and we know how important sport is to the lives of many of our customers, some of whom are Boccia players and will be involved in the championships”.
Michael McAteer, Chairperson of Disability Sport NI said:
“We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors, including TBC Conversions who have made it possible for us to bring this prestigious event to Northern Ireland. Our aim is to deliver a memorable experience for the competitors, their supporters and all of our volunteers while showcasing Northern Ireland as a worthy host of high profile events such as the UK Boccia Championships.
““The Championships are an opportunity for those who are not familiar with Boccia to get an introduction to the fascinating and technical Paralympic sport.”