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Zoe is going for gold

Local sportswoman Zoe Robinson is going for gold after being chosen for Team GB at the Paralympics.

Zoe, 22, who has cerebral palsy, has been picked to take part in both individual and team events in the sport of Boccia.

She has been training hard at the Castle Leisure Centre in Bury and was given the news at the end of April.

Zoe said: “I was shocked, amazed, over the moon.

“I have trained long and hard for this and I will continue to do so to give my best performance in London.”

Zoe, who was awarded Freedom of the Borough of Bury in summer 2010, said she expected the Korean team to be the toughest competition for Team GB.

It will be the second time Zoe has competed in the Paralympic Games. In 2008 she was part of the team to bring home gold from Beijing.

Jackie Veal, sports development manager based at Castle Leisure Centre, said: “We’re proud of Zoe and overjoyed that she has been picked for Team GB, she is a credit to Bury.

“Zoe has been training very hard and is completely dedicated to her sport. We wish her every success.”

On an individual level, Zoe won the BC2 silver medal at the 2009 British Championships, Nottingham, Great Britain and the BC2 silver medal at the 2008 English Nationals, Sheffield, Great Britain.In other team events, she won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Cup, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the silver medal at the 2009 European Championships in Porto, Portugal.

Boccia is described as being similar to boules or petanque, and involves players landing balls as close to a target ball as they can.

 

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