Georgina smashes boccia challenge

August 27 2021
Georgina smashes boccia challenge

A SPORTS club founder who challenged herself to a marathon fundraising task in her own home has raised more than £1,000.

Georgina Moore decided to take part in the At Home Superhero initiative set up by GB Paralympian athlete Sophia Warner, to raise money for the governing body of her sport, boccia.

Georgina, who has a severe physical disability, was named a regional BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero in 2019 after setting up an inclusive club in Yate to play boccia, which is related to bowls and petanque and involves aiming a soft ball at a jack.

The ball can be moved with hands, feet or an assistive device, making the sport, which is included in the Paralympics, ideal for people with physical disabilities.

Georgina, who has a severe physical disability, grew up in Frampton Cotterell and now lives in Chipping Sodbury with the support of carers.

Her challenge involved continuously throwing boccia balls with the help of her carer Tom Isaac, until they had thrown them for a total distance of 12km.

The pair (pictured above) completed the challenge in just under eight hours, throwing 4,000 balls 3m a time.

Georgina said: “I was extremely tired but thank goodness for my carer, Tom.

"At one point he threw about 600 balls in 10 minutes to try and get us through it.

"Otherwise, I think we’d have been there all night. I could only average 71 balls in about 10 minutes!”

Georgina set a target of £200 for the event but raised more than £700 via her fundraising page and, helped by an anonymous donation of £100 and a running challenge by another carer and her husband, Georgina reached a grand total of £1,028.

She hopes the money will help Boccia England to engage more people in the sport.

Georgina's fundraising page remains open for donations at justgiving.com/fundraising/bocciabombers.