A PARALYMPIAN from Trowbridge is looking for support so he can continue to compete in boccia - a sport he is passionate about.

Jonah Wright is 29-years-old and suffers from cerebral palsy. He requires assistance to be able to do many everyday tasks due to his very limited mobility.

Despite this, Jonah has played boccia since he was in school, and has since gone on to be a high achiever in the sport.

Boccia is Paralympic sport that was introduced in 1984 and has no Olympic counterpart.

It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function and is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.

Jonah uses a head pointer so he can control the ball.

This device allows the movement of the mouse pointer to be controlled by voluntary head movements, meaning that he can grip and release the ball without using his hands.

Jonah has competed at a number of levels, from local to regional to national competitions.

A few years ago he was selected to join the England Lions Squad following 16 years of competing, so he now has to travel regularly to attend various sporting events.

Jonah is keen to continue driving forward his successes, but as his parents become less able to help, he is hoping that someone can lend a helping hand.

He said: “I need to have a few volunteers to help me with my sport which I play, and I play all over the country in training camps and competitions, and I can’t do my sport without a few volunteers to help.”

Jonah fell in love with his sport when one of his PE teachers came up with the idea that boccia could be the perfect solution for him when he couldn’t play the other sports at his school.

Impressed by the suggestion, Jonah’s father took him along and could not believe his success.

His father was able to use a ramp to guide the ball, and has continued to give him support alongside Jonah’s mum.

But moving forward, Jonah is hoping to be able rely on the security of knowing he also has other people who can get involved.

He said: “As my parents are getting older and they used to take me to competitions and training days around the country, and plus I need to have a ramp assistant to ramp in competitions and training days as I don’t have a permanent ramp assistant.”

If you can help, email Bethany.Gavaghan@newsquest.co.uk to be put in touch with the family.