The first athletes have started to arrive in Northern Ireland for the CPISRA 2011 Boccia World Cup at the University of Ulster, with the hope of qualifying for the Paralympic Games next year.
Over 500 athletes, coaches and officials from 33 countries will descend on Ulster’s Jordanstown campus for the London 2012 qualifier, which takes place from August 20-26.
Boccia is a target ball sport similar to bowls designed for people with high level of disability, which can be played as an individual, in pairs or as a three-a-side team.
The competition, hosted in the Borough of Newtownabbey, has already received endorsements from high-profile sports stars such as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and former striker Ian Rush.
Spectator tickets for the event are free of charge and are available from Disability Sports NI: Telephone 028 9038 7062 or www.dsni.co.uk.