For Immediate Release
May 16, 2016
(Ottawa, ON) Five provinces will host over seventy events to introduce Canadians to boccia this year, thanks to equipment kits and micro grants through the Take the Shot program from Boccia Canada. The Take the Shot program was designed to enhance participation of boccia clubs and provincial partners in the ParticipACTION 150 Play List initiative.
“We were so excited that boccia was included in the 150 Play List, but as a relatively small sport, we knew that many of our clubs and provincial partners lacked the resources or equipment to fully participate,” explains Jennifer Larson, Program Manager. “We want as many people as possible to check boccia off their Play List, and these grants and equipment kits will help achieve that.”
Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and focus similar to bocce and curling. Competitive boccia is played by athletes with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and related disabilities, but it’s also a recreational sport that is fun for the whole family.
The aim of boccia is to roll a ball towards a white target ball, called the jack. What makes the game unique is that all players are seated and they can choose to kick, throw or use a ramp, so the game is open to people with very limited mobility. Each player has six balls of the same colour (blue or red). After all balls are played, the athlete closest to the target scores one point for each ball that’s closer to the target than their opponent’s best ball. Boccia can be played both individually and as a team. A game consists of four ends (six in a team game) and the player or team that finishes with the most points is the winner.
Take the Shot events are free and open to anyone. Equipment is provided and trained boccia coaches and athletes will be on hand to teach the basics. With five provinces hosting events throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial, Canadians will have multiple opportunities to take the shot at this unique sport.
Eileen Bartlett, Newfoundland Take the Shot recipient comments, “We saw this a great opportunity to increased awareness and participation in boccia, especially in currently underserviced areas. What a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th, bringing people together through boccia.”
In addition to Take the Shot events throughout the year, Boccia Canada is partnering with ParticipACTION for a special day to celebrate boccia on September 16th, 2017.
Find out all you need to know about boccia, including the history, rules, classification and equipment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5CmEab8tqU
A full list of events is available below and online at http://bocciacanada.ca/en/news-events/events/.
|Manitoba Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (MCPSA)||May 18
More to come
|St. James Civic Centre
2055 Ness Ave
|Toronto Parasport Association||Sept 14-21
|Anne Johnston Health Station
2398 Yonge St
|Hamilton Accessible Sports Council||Sept 24||Ron Joyce Children’s Health Center
325 Wellington St N
|Variety Village||TBA||Variety Village
3701 Danforth Ave
|The Participation House Project||Sept 28||The Participation House
55 Gordon St
|Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association & ParticipACTION||Sept 16
|Ontario Accessible Rec & Sport||TBA||Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
875 Morningside Ave
|Association Québécoise de Sports pour Paralytiques Cérébraux (AQSPC)||May 20
|École Secondaire Jean-Jacques-Rousseau
2700 Rue Jean Charles Bonenfant
|Centre sportif Jean-Rougeau
8000 Rue de Normanville
|AQSPC||Nov 18||School Secondary Versatile De L’ancienne-Lorette
1801 Rue Notre Dame
|Centre d’Intégration à la vie active (CIVA)||Sept 23
8200 Rue Rousselot
|Vanessa Handfield Bigué
|Boccia Association of Nova Scotia||TBA||Easter Seals NS Camp
|Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Easter Seals NL||May 28||Corner Brook Regional High
12 University Dr
Corner Brook, NL
|Easter Seals NL||Oct 7||Easter Seals House
206 Mt Scio Rd
St. John’s, NL
Kaymin Roorda, Marketing and Communications Coordinator