Giovanni De Sero hails from Guelph, ON where he lives independently along with his two cats, Muga and Boo. De Sero was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie Tooth Syndrome (a type of muscular dystrophy) at the age of 15. This is a very slow degenerative disease which effects the lower half of your arms and legs. De Sero did not let this stop him from living the active life he had before. No longer being able to play hockey, De Sero was introduced to Para Sports in college and quickly climbed the ranks. He joined wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball and made the Provincial teams for both. With the seasons overlapping it kept De Sero very busy. Eventually, De Sero found he could no longer play either of these sports due to the nature of his disability. Instead of allowing this to bring him down, he saw this as an opportunity to try something new and this is when he discovered boccia.
De Sero began playing boccia a few years ago and just like with his other endeavours he’s quickly climbing the ranks. He is currently on the Ontario Provincial team and is working towards making the National Boccia Training Squad. He hopes to one day compete at the Paralympics for Team Canada.
De Sero is teaming up with Boccia Canada and ParticipACTION to attempt as many of the 150 activities as possible. ParticipACTION’s 150 playlist aims to get Canadians active for Canada’s 150 with activities that define the nation. These activities can range from lacrosse to flying a kite to stick pull. De Sero will be documenting his adventures through video and blog format which is featured on the Boccia Canada website and social media platforms. What this blog aims to do is examine how accessible these activities are and the changes that need to be made, if any, in order to make them accessible.