Twins closer to dream

JULIAN and Joanne Vaz, from Casula, are now much closer to their dream of competing in the Paralympics.

The 12-year-old twins were recently awarded a scholarship from Variety — the Children's Charity and Gloria Jean's Coffees.

The twins' mother, Patricia Vaz, said the scholarship would help her children achieve their dream of representing Australia in precision ball sport, Boccia.

They have a type of cerebral palsy known as spastic quadriplegia, which affects the arms and legs.

"My son is a sports enthusiast and has always loved watching soccer and cricket," Mrs Vaz said. "When we discovered Boccia he had finally found something he really enjoyed."

Mrs Vaz said playing the sport had made a big difference to her children's lives.

"They have gained so many skills," she said. "As a family it has also given us a whole new goal to strive towards.

"[In the past] it has been hard for us to motivate the children — boccia has changed our lives forever."

Mrs Vas said it had been struggle to juggle everyday life and boccia tournaments.

"The money from the scholarship will help us a lot and pay for travel and training costs.

"It is not like boccia is like any other sport, there is not as much support out there."

The twins were two of 20 people in the state the received the scholarship, funded by Gloria Jean's Coffees Cappuccino for a Cause initiative.

Details: variety.org.au.

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