BOCCIA PROVINCIAL’S HOSTED IN ST. JOHN’S NEWFOUDLAND TO CAP OFF THE YEAR
Boccia Canada – (St. John’s, NL) Boccia NL alongside Easter Seals NL hosted their fourth annual Provincial Boccia Championships this past November. This tournament provided an opportunity for all athletes from all over Newfoundland to participate in a sanctioned event. It also provided an opportunity for athletes to gain national ranking points building towards their national profile.
Overall the tournament was a huge success and supported by the community with many volunteers, family members and friends who attended. There were three clubs who participated totalling nineteen athletes altogether. In addition to the athletes, a total of 25 volunteers stepped out to make this event happen.
Athletes from all different levels participated from beginners to national team members. Once the championships were finished a training camp was hosted by Boccia Canada Coach Ed Richardson, where the next generation of athletes were able to come and build their skills. This was an extra opportunity for these athletes to learn from a national development coach.
Winners were declared in three different classes; BC1/3 (combined class), BC2 and Open class. Each class is determined by functional ability of the athletes so that a level playing field is available for athletes of varying abilities. The division winners were:
BC1 / 3
Gold: Dan Primmer (BC3)
Silver: Lois Martin (BC1)
Bronze: Stephen Westcott (BC1)
Gold: Hayley Redmond
Silver: Mike Mercer
Bronze: Kristyn Collins
Gold: Joanna Byrne
Silver: Olivia Ash
Bronze: Nikki Kennedy
Final words from Eileen Bartlett, Boccia NL Director, to those who attended the tournament, “Congratulations to all the athletes who participated. Thank you to the many volunteers who filled the various roles. Without their work the tournament just wouldn’t happen.”
About Boccia Canada
Boccia Canada is the boccia delivery arm of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the National Sport Organization for the Paralympic sport of boccia. Boccia Canada is focused on providing athletes and individuals of all ages and skill with the chance to play a unique Paralympic sport. CCPSA and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and strategy similar to lawn bowling or curling, played by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and related disabilities. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart. Athletes compete in one of four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visit www.bocciacanada.ca.