For Immediate Release

March 15, 2017

(Longueuil, QC) Athletes from across Canada will be gathering in Lonqueuil, Quebec to battle for a spot on the podium at the 2017 Canadian Boccia Championships. This weekend will see both experienced and rookie athletes hit the court with gold on their minds.

Boccia Canada Council Chair, Gary Vander Vies comments, “I am really excited about the 2017 Championships! I expect there will be many close matches. The calibre of our athletes has increased substantially over the last few years due to the hard work of the athletes and the coaches. This improvement in progress will be evident on the field of play.”

This year’s championships, hosted by the Association Québécoise de Sports pour Paralytiques Cérébraux, are taking things to the next level with the introduction of several new components. This will be the first national competition to implement rule changes that were made after the 2016 Paralympic Games and the competition has expanded to include a new division of players. In addition, for those who want to catch all the action but are not able to attend, the event will be live streamed on www.bocciacanada.ca so spectators won’t need to miss a minute of the action during all three days of competition.

“We continue to make considerable enhancements to the overall production quality of the Canadian Boccia Championships, and in doing so, we are taking the event to new heights,” stated Peter Leyser, Executive Director, Boccia Canada. “This year we have significantly expanded our efforts in the areas of traditional and social media, live webcasting, and more on-site Boccia Canada branding, all of which will greatly increase the overall experience for the athletes, officials, volunteers and supporters attending, plus those watching online.”

As part of Canada’s sesquicentennial year, Boccia Canada is excited to collaborate with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List, which recognizes 150 activities in Canada and challenges Canadians to get active. On Saturday March 18, members of the community can give boccia a shot from 10:00-3:00pm in the Playlist Zone. Prizes and giveaways will be available.

With medals on the line in team, pairs and individual divisions, there will be plenty of action for spectators. Vander Vies concludes, “Be ready to grab the edge of your seat!”

Competition Site:

Centre Sportif Collège Edouard-Montpetit

260 rue de Gentilly Est


J4H 4A4



Friday, March 17, 2017: Team and Pair Competition

Saturday, March 18, 2017: Individual Competition

Sunday, March 19, 2017: Individual Competition & Medal Ceremony

Athletes Attending:
First Name Last Name Classification
Lois Martin BC1
Stephen Wescott BC1
Krystin Collins BC2
Michael Mercer BC2
Hayley Redmond BC2
Nova Scotia
Jennica Gagne BC3
K. Michael Smith BC3
Dorya Belal BC1
Josée Lamothe BC1
Éric Lefebvre BC1
Sylvain Dupuis BC2
Benoit Ostiguy BC2
Éric Bussire BC3
Bruno Garneau BC3
Philippe Lord BC3
Iulian Ciobanu BC4
Marco Dispaltro BC4
Alison Levine BC4
Richard Brochu ouverte
Nancy Caldwell ouverte
Ariane Dubuc ouverte
Wild Card
Alexandre Ziegler BC1
Dave Richer BC2
Giancarlo Bizzarro BC3
Samuel Lafleur BC3
Marylou Martineau BC3
Marianne Paquet BC3
Alexandre Lemaire BC4
Jamie McKee BC1
Brock Richardson BC1
Keven Smith-Worthylake BC1
Adam Dukovich BC2
Tammy McLeod BC2
Clarence Merrigan BC3
Kevin Shaw BC3
Giovanni De Sero BC4
British Columbia
Chris Halpen BC1
Hanif Mawji BC1
Gabe Wadham BC1
Paul Jalbert BC2
Alison Kabush BC3
Caroline Vietnieks BC4