‘Top 10 questions’ with Mario Vacca

‘Top 10 questions’ with Mario Vacca

Top 10 questions with Mario Vacca
Photograph is courtesy of Raymond Cher.

1. How and why did you start playing bocce?

I started playing bocce as a 10-year-old boy back home in Italy where I played with friends as a pastime. That’s where my love for bocce began. I began playing here, in Perth, in 1970 aged 24 at Azzurri Bocce Club.

2. Which bocce event (singles/doubles/triples/throwing etc) is your favourite to play, and why?

My favourite event is doubles as I believe it’s a more skilful and tactical event.

3. How many medals have you won at the Nationals?

One first place, Best and Fairest in 2000, and many runner up awards.

4. Which strengths do you believe you have that make you a champion bocce player?

My love for the game makes me determined to do well and fight until the end. I am a good pointer.

5. Why are you so passionate about playing bocce?

It’s a game I enjoy, as well as socialising with people with a common interest and love for the game.

6. What are your major highlights and achievements in bocce in the past?

Representing WA at Nationals 25 times – as a player, coach and president between 1975 and 2019.

7. What do you believe is the greatest challenge most bocce players are facing today?

Bocce doesn’t get the same recognition as other sports, therefore it’s harder to gain sponsorship for competitions as well as attract younger generations to the sport.

8. Is there a coach or bocce player that you looked up to when you first started playing as a role model, and why?

Quinto Riberi was one of the first players to represent WA at Nationals in 1972. He was skilful, calm, a good sportsman and a great role model.

9. How do you prepare to complete in the Nationals?

Attending and participating in training sessions with team representatives.

10. What one word describes you?