Paralympics honour for boccia judge

Boccia officials Maggie Else and Pete Edwards
Boccia officials Maggie Else and Pete Edwards

AN EXCITED Papplewick woman has been provisionally picked as an official for the upcoming Paralympic Games at London 2012.

Maggie Else, who is an equality officer with Notts County Council, is set to become a national technical official for the sport of boccia.

The event, which has been part of the Paralympics since 1984, is arguably one of the most accessible sports at London 2012.

It involves teams or individuals throwing leather balls (either red or blue) as close as they can to a white jack target-ball. It can be played by competitors with some of the most testing disabilities.

Maggie has been provisionally selected alongside fellow county council worker Pete Edwards.

Maggie, who is a member of Papplewick Parish Council, is a director of Boccia England, a national charity and the governing body of the sport whose headquarters are in Nottingham.

She said: “It will be an honour to be involved in officiating at the Paralympics. I am looking forward to it.”

Once their positions are confirmed, Maggie and Pete will work as timers and line judges at the English national team and pairs event on Saturday March 24, followed by the Paralympics’ boccia test-event in May.

They must also take part in an international friendly competition in June and may be asked to officiate at other regional and national competitions.

The boccia Paralympics competition runs from Thursday August 30 to Sunday September 9 and will take place in the ExCel Arena in London.