Athletes Showcase Talent at 2019 Alberta Boccia Championships
Boccia Canada – Edmonton, Alberta (June 13, 2019) – The 2019 Alberta Boccia Championships were recently hosted in Edmonton by the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (ACPSA).
On the second day of competition, the semi-finals got underway in the afternoon. BC3 player, Ryan Rondeau (Edmonton, AB) was up against open player Scott Pagenkopf (Strathmore, AB). Although Pagenkopf put up a good fight in all four ends, Rondeau was the eventual winner. On the opposite court, three-time provincial champion, Aiden White (Medicine Hat, AB) did not disappoint in his semi-final game against Mack Kehler (Medicine Hat, AB). It was a nail-biter, even at five points after regulation time. White went on to win the game by one point in an exciting tie-break.
The bronze medal match-up was between Kehler and Pagenkopf. Although Kehler put up a good fight, in the end, it was not enough and Pagenkopf took home the bronze.
Rondeau then met White in an exciting gold medal game. The two players were neck and neck and evenly matched, despite coming from different class categories. After the third end, Rondeau pulled ahead to lead by 2 points. However, in the fourth end White gained momentum after throwing a perfectly placed block in front of the jack ball. White earned three points in the final end to narrowly beat Rondeau 4-3.
“I’m glad that my hard work and efforts have paid off here,” said White. “There’s plenty of great competition at these tournaments.” White now has an eye on qualifying for his first national championships.
Margaret Conquest, ACPSA Director of Programs, is optimistic about the future of boccia in Alberta, noting that the 2019 Alberta Boccia Championships represented over 75% participation from the pool of serious boccia players in the province, as well as three distinct regions in Alberta. “This is exciting for us, as we have worked hard to raise awareness and promote grass roots participation. Our finalists were serious and extremely focused, which was exactly what we wanted to see.”
For more information about programs offered by ACPSA visit http://www.acpsa.ca/programs-4.
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.