Announcement: Canadian Eboccia Open
Boccia Canada to host Virtual Canadian Eboccia Open
BC3 athlete, Marylou Martineau, practices Boccia Battle in the lead up to the Open
Ottawa, ON (October 23, 2020) – With the cancellation of the 2020 Canadian Boccia Championships due to COVID-19, Boccia Canada is pleased to announce a new and exciting initiative that provides the boccia community with a fun and entertaining event to participate in. The 2020 Canadian Eboccia Open is a virtual event that will take place from November 24th – December 6th. It is open to all athletes across Canada and also includes a category for family and friends.
The Canadian Eboccia Open will include virtual opening and closing ceremonies and three competitive events; head to head competition using the Boccia Battle app, a Skills Challenge and a Trivia Challenge. Participants can register for as many events as they wish.
In the head to head competition, participants will compete on their Android/tablet or iPhone/iPad using the Boccia Battle App. The app simulates a regular boccia game and follows BISFed rules. Players will play a regular match that includes four ends and six balls each per end. Matches will be screen recorded and game videos will be posted so fans and friends can follow the action from start to finish through Boccia Canada’s YouTube channel. Canadian Eboccia Open results will not count towards national athlete rankings.
National team BC3 athlete Marylou Martineau has already been using the app in her spare time: “I have improved my game in terms of placements, movements, ricochets, and pushes. I love the app because it makes me feel like I’m competing. Thanks to my iPad I can play the game on my own.”
In the Skills Challenge, participants can compete in the Development or High Performance category to complete a series of skill challenges.
The Trivia Challenge will allow participants to test their boccia knowledge against each other in a live event.
The 2020 Canadian Eboccia Open will culminate with the closing ceremony on Sunday, December 6th.
Registration for the 2020 Canadian Eboccia Open is now open. To register visit https://bocciacanada.ca/canadian-eboccia-championships-registration/.
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.
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.