Bussière and Levine headed to the round of sixteen finals at the World Boccia Championships
“I am very pleased with how I’ve played in the pool stage here at the World Championships. I have stuck to my game plan and have played every game so far with confidence. I feel strong and ready for the 1/8 finals tomorrow.”
Levine is looking forward to her next match, against rival Davor Komar from Croatia. Levine and Komar have history and a rivalry dating back to the 2017 Kansas City World Open, where Levine controlled the game and won the bronze medal. “I know it will be a tough game because he will want some revenge, but I know if I play like I have these last two years, I will come out on top,” added Levine.
BC3 National Team member Lord is showing signs of improvement in the individual competition that was not indicative of the score in his final pool match, a 8-0 loss against Anna Ntenta from Greece. BC3 coach Kristin Dorrance is happy with the progress Lord has made in only three short weeks since the World Open in Portugal. “We are seeing a lot of improvement in his game and his decision making and are looking forward to the future with Philippe.”
Bussière competed in a close contest against second ranked Jamie McCowan from Great Britain. The two have faced each other three times in the past year, and Bussière has been unable to solve his British opponent. According to Dorrance, despite the loss in a very well played 4-3 loss, there were plenty of positives. Bussière trailed going into the fourth end by a score of 4-1, and narrowly missed tying the score, coming up short by tallying two points. He will advance in second place from his pool and face number one ranked Grigorios Polychronidis from Greece.
“It will be a tough competition, but we are confident in Eric’s abilities and we looking forward to see what he can do against the top player in the world, added Dorrance. “At this event, it is the best of the best, and it is great to see Canada stepping up to the challenge and showing what we are able to do.”
In his final BC1 pool game, Mawji didn’t capitalize against Guilherme Moraes from Brazil, who appeared to be beatable today. Mawji was unable to consistently place his first ball effectively leaving many openings for his opponent to capitalize, especially in the first end when Moraes stole three points. As a result, Mawji chased the score for the remainder of the game. “Hanif appeared to be low on energy today, having to play first thing in the morning and then the last match of the day, with both being close matches,” expressed Head Coach Mario Delisle. “However, he will place approximately in twentieth, which is very close to his current world ranking slot.”
Individual competitions heads into the elimination portion of the contest tomorrow. Two Canadians, Levine and Bussière will continue their quest for gold.
Livestreaming of the event is available at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bg5lMympLw . For a full list of today’s results, visit www.BISFed.com
Hanif Mawji (CAN) 2, Barend Drost (NED) 4
Hanif Mawji (CAN) 3, Guilherme Moraes (BRA) 4
Eric Bussière (CAN) 3, Jamie McCowan (GBR) 4
Philippe Lord (CAN) 0, Anna Ntenta (GRE) 8
Alison Levine (CAN) 9, Kwan Hang Wong (HKG) 2
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 four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visitwww.bocciacanada.ca.
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