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Bocce selection for Echuca resident

Echuca’s Helen Main will represent Victoria at the Special Olympic National Games.

ERIN LYONS August 18, 2014 3:22am

Helen Main.


Echuca’s Helen Main has been selected to represent Victoria in bocce at the Special Olympic National Games in October.

And she reckons she’s‘‘pretty good.’’

Main, who has an intellectual disability, lives in a share house in Echuca where she enjoys knitting and watching Home and Away in her spare time.

The 46-year-old, who plays bocce in Moama on the weekends, has been playing bocce for a ‘‘long time’’ said she was ‘‘very excited’’ about the forthcoming competition.

The bocce enthusiast started playing competitively because she enjoyed making new friends and meeting old ones.

Main also enjoys going out for lunch after training where she can appreciate the more social aspect of the game.

While this will be Main’s first national games, for many years she has competed at regional and state games in bocce and tenpin bowling.

Main is quite proud of her efforts and has accumulated an impressive medal collection.

‘‘I won medals for boxing in Melbourne before,’’ she said.

The Special Olympics competition will runs from October 20 to 25.

In the meantime Main trains once a fortnight with coach Susan Hawkins in preparation for the games.

Despite her obvious talent, bocce is not Main’s favourite sport.

Instead, she favours tenpin bowling because she loves, ‘‘knocking down the pins’’.

The bocce competition will be held at the Veneto Club in Bulleen, which hosted the 1979 World Bocce Championship.

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