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Boccia Canada – (Ottawa, ON) Boccia Canada is excited to announce additional funding received to support and enhance the NextGen boccia program. This added financial support was made possible by Boccia Canada’s partners Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.

Boccia Canada’s NextGen program aims to provide top-notch training for up and coming Canadian boccia athletes by inviting them to the National Training Centre in Montreal to train with National Team Coaches and National Boccia Squad members.  While at the National Training Centre, located at the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec), NextGen athletes can take advantage of world-class equipment and sport science services available to them onsite.

“Having additional funding to support the next generation of athletes allows us to invite more athletes to our training center and benefit from our coaching expertise and specialists,” states Head Coach Mario Delisle. “Athletes will have the opportunity to train and play with other national squad athletes and for some, have the chance to participate in tournaments while in Montreal.  The coaches are excited and looking forward to these visits.”

Athletes from across the country have been identified as having the potential to reach the National Team level and participate at international events. With three training camps planned for this winter, athletes are taking advantage of this opportunity to improve their game and learn from the best in Canada.

NextGen Athletes Identified for the Program

Lance Cryderman (Val Caron, ON)
Jim Davis (Niagara Falls, ON)
Lois Martin (St. John’s, NL)
Hayley Redmond (St. John’s, NL)
Dorya Belal (Montreal, QC)
Josh Gauthier (Niagara, ON)
Alex Lemaire (Kingsey Falls, QC)
Olivier Roy (Quebec, QC)
Emrick Trudeau (Montreal, QC)
Alek St. Pierre (Blainville, QC)
Kristyn Collins (St. John’s, NL)
 
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, visitwww.bocciacanada.ca.