Boccia Canada – BISFed Montreal World Open
A Short Day for Canada’s Boccia Team
Montreal, April 29, 2018 – Back in action this morning for their last Group A match in BC3 pairs, Canada’s representatives Bruno Garneau (Montreal, QC), Éric Bussière (Verchères, QC) and Philippe Lord (Blainville, QC) bowed out to the Australians 5-1.
“It was a hard loss to take against the Australians, but once it was over, I felt proud of how we had played. Despite a few errors, we put up a good fight. The final score of 5-1 doesn’t really represent the game we played because we put up a lot of resistance,” noted Bussière.
“We wanted to improve on yesterday’s performance and I think we did that. Despite our loss, we accomplished several positive things during the game. We still have a lot to work on but it was a great learning experience against a very strong team,” added coach Kristin Dorrance.
Added to their three losses on Saturday against the United Kingdom (7-2), South Korea (5-3) and Argentina (4-1), today’s defeat brought the Canadians’ run to an end. They placed ninth in their category.
“This competition is useful for assessing our level of play against that of all the other teams. We’ll remain positive with the knowledge that there is still a lot of room for improvement,” added Dorrance.
The Brazilians clinched the gold medal in the final against the Australians, while the Americans came in third.
In BC4 doubles, Great Britain was crowned champion. Colombia and Russia occupied the second and third steps of the podium, respectively.
In the BC1/BC23 team event, Japan won the gold medal. Brazil and South Korea earned silver and bronze.
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.