Povoa World Cup Ends With Two Medals and Hope for the Future
Ottawa, ON (July 11, 2022) – Canada ended the Povoa World Cup on a high note with a bronze medal in BC4 pairs for Iulian Ciobanu (Montréal, QC) and Alison Levine (Montréal, QC). The BC1/BC2 team continued to show progress with a fifth place finish.
The BC4 Pair earned the bronze by beating Portugal 5-4 after losing to Thailand in the semifinals. The semifinal loss came down to some key placement shots that would have given Canada a big lead. It was Levine’s second bronze of the tournament.
“Coming back after that disappointing loss is something that we’re proud of,” said Levine. “I had a chance for two medals and two medals were brought home. Iulian and I had a great bronze medal game, by starting super strong and stealing two points on their jack. We put them in the position of a catch up the rest of the game and they were unsuccessful.”
In the BC1/BC2 team category, Canada beat Spain and South Korea in the round robin. They qualified for the playoffs but, ultimately lost to Hong Kong in the knockout stage. Kristyn Collins (St. John’s, NL) showed off her abilities with two excellent shots in the first end of the Hong Kong game to give Canada the lead. In the end they lost 6-3, finishing fifth out of ten teams.
High Performance Director Mario Delisle felt that the results show good promise for the future of the program: “I’m proud of everyone. It was a challenging event, but we are making significant progress and learning how to win.”
Head Coach César Nicolai agreed, “I’m very happy with the performance of all the athletes. It shows that our program is solid and that we’re moving in the right direction. Week after week, month after month we’re getting more prepared for the Rio de Janeiro World Championships. A great satisfaction to have been able to come out with two medals.”
The Rio de Janeiro World Championships is the next big international event for the Canadian BC4 Pairs and BC1/BC2 Team. The BC3 Pairs did not qualify for this event.
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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 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.