What began as a game in primary school has grown into a passion for Zak Sorensen, after qualifying in Boccia for the Paralympic Games in 2017.

Zak is now preparing to compete in the National Championships and has his sights set on the Commonwealth Games.

“His interest in the sport started in primary school. They had a few balls that he could use, so he started playing then,” Zak’s mum, Margaret, explained. 

The sport dropped off of Zak’s radar for a few years, until Zak’s swimming instructor invited him to a weekend sports camp where he could try basketball, canoeing or Boccia.

Boccia, which became a Paralympic sport in 1984, tests a competitor’s degree of muscle control and accuracy. It can assist with developing hand-eye coordination in a social or competitive environment. 

For Zak, it was a sport that came naturally.

“We were told that Zak was quite good and they wanted him to compete in the Boccia Battle, where he won bronze.” For Zak, keeping active in 2018 will pave the way to Nationals.

It’s fun. I get to meet new people and I also made a lot of friends through it as well, including someone I met through CPL’s Camp Have a Chat,” Zak said.

CPL's recreational programs

Margaret said Zak joined CPL when he was around nine months old. “Twenty-three years later and CPL is still there for us,” she said. “He uses his NDIS funding to get out and about in the community and do the things he wants to do. It has really helped him to achieve his goals to keep active. “He just went on a holiday to the Gold Coast with his carer and stayed on a house boat.”

Zak is now working on assembling a local Boccia team so that he can train closer to home in Warwick.

“He’s always planning for something else – we can’t keep up with it all. He volunteers at the local pool, plays football and also uses CPL’s community access to meet new friends in Brisbane and spend the day with them.”

To find out more about staying active in your community, visit www.cpl.org.au or call 1800 275 753 today.