State Bocce Competition

By Tan Mei Kuan

The morning of Wednesday, August 28, saw the Special Olympics Perak State Bocce Competition 2019 being held at the State Education Department along Jalan Pasir Puteh. Organised by Special Olympics Perak, a total of 100 athletes who were divided into 50 teams, took part in four different categories: Boy’s Junior Doubles, Girl’s Junior Doubles, Boy’s Senior Doubles and Girl’s Senior Doubles.

It was aimed to improve the motor skills of students with special needs and provide them with experience to take part in national and international bocce games in the future. In addition, it also served to strengthen friendship among special education teachers in the state.

The game is similar to lawn bowling and played on a shorter, narrower green. Unlike lawn bowls, bocce balls are spherical and have no inbuilt bias. The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that is closer to the pallina than the closest ball of the other team.

The oath of Special Olympics was led by Muhammad Nazir Akmal.

Present were guest of honour Hj. Fakhrul Nizam b. Pakhruddin, Assistant Director (Special Education Unit) of the State Education Department and Sivanesan, President of Special Olympics Perak.

Below are the teams who emerged champion:

Boy’s Junior Doubles (Group 1) – Hilir Perak
Boy’s Junior Doubles (Group 2) – Batang Padang
Girl’s Junior Doubles (Group 1) – Kuala Kangsar
Girl’s Junior Doubles (Group 2) – Kinta Utara
Boy’s Senior Doubles (Group 1) – Hulu Perak
Boy’s Senior Doubles (Group 2) – Hilir Perak
Girl’s Senior Doubles (Group 1) – Sekolah Semangat Maju
Girl’s Senior Doubles (Group 2) – Hilir Perak
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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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