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The 2022 Boccia Blast National Open competition begins today with athletes competing from coast to coast

Ottawa, ON (September 20, 2022) – The 31st Edition of the Boccia Blast National Open hosted by the London Cannonballs will reunite athletes from coast to coast from September 22 to 25 in London, Ontario. This will be a warmup for the National Championships taking place just two months later in the same city, which will have all of Canada’s boccia talent on full display.

Held annually, London Cannonballs Boccia Blast brings boccia athletes together from across Canada, including representation from Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, and Québec this year. The event is a sanctioned Boccia Canada competition and counts towards national ranking points. The competition typically includes Individual play only.

What:
2022 Boccia Blast
 
When:
Friday, September 23
10:00 – 18:00 EST: Individual Competition
 
Saturday, September 24
10:00 – 18:00 EST: Individual Competition
 
Sunday September 25
10:00 – 16:00 EST: Individual Competition
 
Visit the London Cannonballs Facebook page here, Twitter page here, and Instagram page here for all news and updates.
 
Where:
Stronach Recreation Community Centre
1221 Sandford Street
London, Ontario
 
Who:
Thirty-six athletes are participating in the 2022 London Cannonballs Boccia Blast with four provinces represented. Among the participants are former Paralympians, including 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games athlete, Danik Allard (Bois-des-Filion, QC). Current and former National Team athletes and top-ranked players in each province will be competing as well including:
 
BC1
Chris Halpen (Victoria, BC)
Hanif Mawji (Burnaby, BC)
Kyle Scott (Hamilton, ON)
Lance Cryderman* (Sudbury, ON)
Lois Martin* (St. John’s, NL)
Stephen Westcott (Conception Bay South, NL)
 
 
BC2
Danik Allard* (Bois-des-Filion, QC)
Dave Richer (Ste-Julie, QC)
Dominic Gomez (Toronto, ON)
Jamie McKee (London, ON)
Jennifer Goulet (Oshawa, ON)
Jim Davis (Thorold, ON)
Kristyn Collins* (St. John’s, NL)
Maggie Julien (Sudbury, ON)
Olivier Dussault (Québec City, QC)
Tom Mahoney (London, ON)
 
BC3
Alexandre Lemaire (Kingsey Falls, QC); Ass’t: Francis Lemaire
Alexandre Raymond (Sorel-Tracy, QC); Ass’t: Isabelle Blette
Alexandre Ziegler (Montréal, QC); Ass’t: Éric Ziegler
Carter Plumb (Brampton, ON); Ass’t: Jennifer Knight
Cody Dionne (Oshawa, ON); Ass’t: Ruth Dionne
Deanna McInroy (Bowmanville, ON); Ass’t: Graham Penak
Joey Spittal (London, ON); Ass’t: Shona Beattie
Joshua Gautier (Niagara Falls, ON); Ass’t: Joyce Gautier
Lloyd Davis (Toronto, ON); Ass’t: John Davis
Nico Iemma (Oshawa, ON); Ass’t: Patrick Iemma
Samuel Lafleur (Montréal, QC); Ass’t: Nathalie Laflamme
Sandra Regalo (London, ON); Ass’t: Tracey Carvell
 
BC4
Martha Gustafson (Toronto, ON)
 
BC5
Marc-Antoine Goupil (Honfleur, QC)
 
Open
Alison McKee (London, ON)
Daniel Hutchison (Victoria, BC)
Gordon Letke (Oshawa, ON)
Hunter Cross (Oshawa, ON)
Kylie Waters (Victoria, BC)
Teigan Webb-Bowie (Guelph, ON)

Note: The * indicates that the person is a current member of the National Team.

A list of full rankings can be found on the Boccia Canada website here.

Interview Availability

  • Steve Dukovich, Host Committee Member, Boccia Blast
  • Participating athlete from your region (contact Holly Janna, Communications Lead and National Team Coordinator, Boccia Canada)


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 collaborates with partners to increase the participation of Canadians with cerebral palsy and related disabilities in sport and physical activity, while leading, developing and growing boccia from grassroots, to producing World and Paralympic Champions.

About boccia
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 six sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4, BC5, and Open. For more information on boccia, visit www.bocciacanada.ca.