A SUCCESSFUL ONTARIO BOCCIA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS PAST WEEKEND
“We were excited to host the event for the largest contingent in years as athlete registration was up 63% compared to last year!” states Amanda Fader, Director of OCPSA. “It’s obvious that the local clubs, including programs at the Abilities Centre and the Main Event Sports Club, are dedicated to athlete development which is extremely encouraging.”
The event represented an important opportunity for all the athletes to earn provincial ranking points which are included in the National Ranking System and the prospect to be on the boccia National Team Training Squad.
Only the BC2 and BC3 category had qualification rounds starting Sunday. Tammy McLeod of London won for the BC2 category defeating new comer to the sport, Jim Davis of the Brock Niagara Penguins, 11-1. McLeod was a tough competitor as she is a long-time member of the National Team Training Squad, but Davis put up a hard fought battle making great placed shots and playing solid defense. It was a very strategic and patient game played by both athletes creating a very high calibre final.
McLeod comments, “I played really well for the whole tournament. I am really happy with my performance especially in the qualification rounds. It was really encouraging to see a lot of new talent coming up from the clubs and new faces in Ontario.”
In BC3 play, former National Team Training Squad member Kevin Shaw took home the gold while newcomer to the sport Luigi Lisciandro of Scarborough took home silver. It was a very close final match with the score tied heading into the final end. Shaw was able to capitalize, scoring two points to take the victory 4-2 in the fourth end.
Overall the tournament saw a lot of new faces which is a testament to the boccia programs in Ontario. For many, this was the ‘big show’ and the end of their season while looking ahead with anticipation to sthe start of the next boccia season. For others, they look ahead to the Canadian Boccia Championships in Longueuil, QC in March, where they will have a chance at competing against the nation’s best boccia athletes.
Kaymin Roorda, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
About Boccia Canada
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.