Timsbury volunteers game for referee role
A pair of dedicated volunteers from Timsbury have grasped the chance to become fully fledged sports referees adjudicating in front of packed crowds at last month's Special Olympics.
Dave Ransom and Mike Knight, both volunteers at Greenhill House, a Leonard Cheshire Disability residential service for disabled people in Timsbury, were given the opportunity to become Boccia Award Officials skilled to referee, thanks to an award-winning sports project for disabled people in Bath.
Both got the boccia bug to play the paralympic precision ball game.
Last month Dave and Mike got to test their mettle as newly qualified coaches as part of the Special Olympics 2013 National Summer Games Boccia Competition, which was held in Bath.
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Mr Ransom said: "It was a privilege to be there for Greenhill House.
"At first I thought what have I let myself in for, but joking aside it was a truly fantastic experience.
"Adding up the scores really keeps you on your toes we both worked very hard."
The pair, who are both members of Greenhill House's Boccia Club, also play a pivotal role to enthusing residents to join in.
Mr Knight said: "It will be nice to move onto refereeing at Greenhill House. For me it is all abut getting as many people as we can to take part.
"Everybody can be involved and feel part of what is going on, we are enabling people to discover a passion for the sport they love."