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Boccia Blast National Open Preludes the 2022 Canadian Championships Also Hosted in London, Ontario

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The 2022 Boccia Blast National Open competition begins today with athletes competing from coast to coast

Ottawa, ON (September 20, 2022) – The 31st Edition of the Boccia Blast National Open hosted by the London Cannonballs will reunite athletes from coast to coast from September 22 to 25 in London, Ontario. This will be a warmup for the National Championships taking place just two months later in the same city, which will have all of Canada’s boccia talent on full display.

Held annually, London Cannonballs Boccia Blast brings boccia athletes together from across Canada, including representation from Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, and Québec this year. The event is a sanctioned Boccia Canada competition and counts towards national ranking points. The competition typically includes Individual play only.What:2022 Boccia Blast When:Friday, September 2310:00 – 18:00 EST: Individual Competition Saturday, September 2410:00 – 18:00 EST: Individual Competition Sunday September 2510:00 – 16:00 EST: Individual Competition Visit the London Cannonballs Facebook page here, Twitter page here, and Instagram page here for all news and updates. Where:Stronach Recreation Community Centre1221 Sandford StreetLondon, Ontario Who:Thirty-six athletes are participating in the 2022 London Cannonballs Boccia Blast with four provinces represented. Among the participants are former Paralympians, including 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games athlete, Danik Allard (Bois-des-Filion, QC). Current and former National Team athletes and top-ranked players in each province will be competing as well including: BC1Chris Halpen (Victoria, BC)Hanif Mawji (Burnaby, BC)Kyle Scott (Hamilton, ON)Lance Cryderman* (Sudbury, ON)Lois Martin* (St. John’s, NL)Stephen Westcott (Conception Bay South, NL)  BC2Danik Allard* (Bois-des-Filion, QC)Dave Richer (Ste-Julie, QC)Dominic Gomez (Toronto, ON)Jamie McKee (London, ON)Jennifer Goulet (Oshawa, ON)Jim Davis (Thorold, ON)Kristyn Collins* (St. John’s, NL)Maggie Julien (Sudbury, ON)Olivier Dussault (Québec City, QC)Tom Mahoney (London, ON) BC3Alexandre Lemaire (Kingsey Falls, QC); Ass’t: Francis LemaireAlexandre Raymond (Sorel-Tracy, QC); Ass’t: Isabelle BletteAlexandre Ziegler (Montréal, QC); Ass’t: Éric ZieglerCarter Plumb (Brampton, ON); Ass’t: Jennifer KnightCody Dionne (Oshawa, ON); Ass’t: Ruth DionneDeanna McInroy (Bowmanville, ON); Ass’t: Graham PenakJoey Spittal (London, ON); Ass’t: Shona BeattieJoshua Gautier (Niagara Falls, ON); Ass’t: Joyce GautierLloyd Davis (Toronto, ON); Ass’t: John DavisNico Iemma (Oshawa, ON); Ass’t: Patrick IemmaSamuel Lafleur (Montréal, QC); Ass’t: Nathalie LaflammeSandra Regalo (London, ON); Ass’t: Tracey Carvell BC4Martha Gustafson (Toronto, ON) BC5Marc-Antoine Goupil (Honfleur, QC) OpenAlison McKee (London, ON)Daniel Hutchison (Victoria, BC)Gordon Letke (Oshawa, ON)Hunter Cross (Oshawa, ON)Kylie Waters (Victoria, BC)Teigan Webb-Bowie (Guelph, ON)Note: The * indicates that the person is a current member of the National Team.A list of full rankings can be found on the Boccia Canada website here.Interview Availability

  • Steve Dukovich, Host Committee Member, Boccia Blast
  • Participating athlete from your region (contact Holly Janna, Communications Lead and National Team Coordinator, Boccia Canada)

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.

About boccia

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.

Media Contact

Holly Janna
Communications Lead and National Team Coordinator, Boccia Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 613-748-1430 x3 | Cell: 514-944-5193