EIGHT CANADIANS ADVANCE TO QUARTER FINALS
Boccia Canada – (Cali, Colombia) Eight Canadians advanced to the quarter finals at the Americas Boccia Championships.
Hanif Mawji (Burnaby, BC) and Joseé Lamothe (Trois-Rivières) both head to the quarterfinals in the BC1 classification. Lamothe took the court by storm this weekend and finished at the top of her pool. She lost only one game, against teammate Mawji, and closed pool play with a phenomenal 9-0 victory over Andres Diaz of Colombia. Lamothe now faces Jose Carlos Chagas of Brazil world number nine in the quarterfinals.
Teammate Mawji finished just behind Lamothe, winning his final pool game 3-2 against world number 18 Eduardo Ventura of Mexico. Mawji will play Roberta Leglise of Argentina tomorrow morning.
In his last pool game, Adam Dukovich (London, ON) squared off against Luis Cristaldo of Argentina with his undefeated record on the line. It was a hard fought battle, but Dukovich played strong defense and kept the point differential low to secure his playoff spot. The numbers game didn’t favour his teammate Benoit Ostiguy (Montreal, QC) who will not advance.
Bruno Garneau (Montreal, QC), Philippe Lord (Montreal, QC) and Eric Bussiere (Montreal, QC) all advanced out of their pools in the BC3 classification. Lord topped his pool with an undefeated record and an amazing plus 24 points differential. He ended the day with a 14-0 victory over Jose Erices of Chile, continuing to showcase the solid and strategic style he’s played all week. His quarterfinal opponent is
Jesus Romero of Colombia.
Garneau also finished on top of his pool and will face Evani Calado of Brazil. while Bussiere faces off against Antonio Leme of Brazil. Bussiere is currently ranked 11th in the world, closely followed by Leme at 14th, so it promises to be an exciting match.
Alison Levine (Montreal, QC) continued the undefeated trend, heading into the playoffs with an incredible plus 23 point differential in the BC4 division. The heat in Cali has been a challenge for Levine, but she successfully pushed it aside to focus on her matches.
“I like being undefeated,” Levine says with a shy smile. “I’m feeling awesome! I’ve been playing my best and the results speak to that. Tomorrow I’ll be playing the best in the world, but so am I, so I’m ready!”
Dispaltro joins Levine in the quarterfinals where he faces world number 24 Euclides Grisales Diaz of Colombia.
“Having 8 athletes moving on to the quarter finals is great,” comments head coach Mario Delisle. “Athletes are playing very well in individual play. It’s not over yet and we now have to finish with a podium tomorrow.”
Joseé Lamothe 1-4 Hanif Mawji
Joseé Lamothe 9-0 Andres Diaz (COL)
Hanif Mawji 3-2 Eduardo Ventura (MEX)
Benoit Ostiguy 3-3* Natali de Faria (BRA)
Adam Dukovich 1-5 Luis Cristaldo (ARG)
Benoit Ostiguy won by forfeit vs. Yushae Andrade (BER)
Philippe Lord 7-1 Jonathan Gonzalez (CHL)
Philippe Lord 14-0 Jose Erices (CHL)
Eric Bussiere 8-0 Gabriela Villano (ARG)
Bruno Garneau 2-7 Evelyn de Oliveira (BRA)
Alison Levine 8-1 Karla Manuel Enriquez (MEX)
Alison Levine 5-1 Matias Alcaino (CHL)
Marco Dispaltro 2-4 Steve Wilson (BER)
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 and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.
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 www.bocciacanada.ca.