Former British para table tennis champ finds happiness in teaching disabled youngsters
For Colin Woodford getting disabled youth hooked to Boccia has been more satisfying than the many medals that he has won.
Woodford, who was a successful para table tennis player with many world championship medals to his credit, is coaching disabled youngsters in Grimsby, United Kingdom. He teaches them boccia, or pool that's accessible for everyone at a local club, called Disabled Sports Forum.
Woodford, who has cerebral palsy is a wheelchair user. He won the World Championship in his disability categories in 1997 and 2005. He started the club in 1998.
The club has people with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities. All of them enjoy playing boccia, which is a sport invented to be accessible for anyone.
Pronounced bot-cha, boccia is a game of skill and and strategy. Players are divided into two teams and they aim to get their coloured leather balls closest to the target, while keeping their opponents' ones away.
Boccia has been a Paralympic sport since 1984. It is easy for athletes with motor or coordination problems to play. Those unable to throw can use ramps to compete on a level-playing field.
Several disabled athletes from Woodford's club have made it to the Paralympics or Commonwealth Games