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Boccia Canada – (Ottawa, ON) June 18, 2018 – Boccia Canada is pleased to announce the five athletes named to the BISFed 2018 Povoa de Varzim World Open, taking place July 2-9 in Portugal.

This event is a critical stepping-stone on the path to the World Championships in August.

Following their silver medal success at the recent Regional Open in Brazil, Eric Bussière (Verchères, QC) and Philippe Lord (Blainville, QC) will join forces again for more BC3 pairs action. They will be joined by Alison Levine (Côte Saint Luc, QC), Iulian Ciobanu (Montreal, QC) and Marco Dispaltro (St-Jerome, QC) who are making their first international appearance since Levine won individual silver at the Montreal World Open in May.

For Head Coach Mario Delisle, it’s a chance to prepare the athletes for the World Championships in Liverpool.

“In Montreal, we were successful in the same type of tournament and we are counting on these athletes to do even better in Portugal, especially in pairs BC3 and BC4. Our athletes will be ready to compete for every ball.”

The following athletes have been named to the team for the BISFed 2018 Povoa de Varzim World Open:


Eric Bussière (Verchères, QC)

Philippe Lord (Blainville, QC)


Alison Levine (Côte Saint Luc, QC)

Iulian Ciobanu (Montreal, QC)

Marco Dispaltro (St-Jerome, QC)

The competition takes place at the Council Sports Hall of Povoa de Varzim in Portugal. Competition starts on July 4th with the closing ceremonies on July 8th. For live results, follow

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 four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visit