Eastern Southland’s Graeme Booth (with ball) winds up for a shot, watched by co-organiser Chris Moffitt (black shirt) at Special Olympics South Otago’s ‘‘Bocce-Have a Go’’ event at Balclutha’s Centennial Park last Sunday.

‘‘Bocce is quite new in New Zealand but it’s fun, easy to learn and low impact, and that makes it ideal for all levels of ability,’’ Mr Moffitt said.

‘‘And it even comes with portable, inflatable courts so you can get a game going anywhere.

About 35 athletes from Oamaru, Dunedin, Clutha, Gore and wider Southland came along to try the growing sport in friendly competition, but with a clear focus on accuracy, team and personal kudos.

‘‘It’s one of those games where it’s easy to take it seriously and have fun at the same time,’’ Mr Moffitt said.

‘‘I think bocce has a successful future here.

‘‘New Zealand already has a team ready to compete at the World Games and Special Olympics in Berlin this year.’’ REPORT & PHOTO: NICK BROOK