Ottawa, ON (February 17, 2021) – Boccia Canada is pleased to present the “Profiling Women in Boccia” series in the lead up to International Women’s Day on March 8.
The series will profile female boccia athletes, coaches, officials, performance partners, and volunteers in a collection of videos.
Executive Director, Peter Leyser, explains that “we are very fortunate to have talented and dedicated women involved in boccia at all levels and roles. Their stories and achievements send such a positive message for other women who might want to give boccia a try. As only one of two parasports where women and men compete against each other, gender equity is paramount to the game of boccia. These videos reinforce the importance of our sport being inclusive and welcoming to all.“
In addition to playing boccia, many women have also held leadership positions in the sport including: President, Executive Director, National Team Coach, Chair of Participation & Development, Chair of Athletes’ Council, Chair of High Performance and at events as Technical Delegate, Head Classifier, and Head Referee.
The boccia community has created space for women to participate in one of the few co-ed Paralympic sports. As BC5 athlete Terrie Hefford explains, “I don’t see any discrimination in boccia between men and women. I find we are all encouraged the same. When you have your community and your team supporting you… it gives you more confidence in yourself. I know [boccia] has done that for me.”
The videos will be accompanied by social media spotlights on influential women that have played in a multitude of leadership roles in the organization.
You can keep up with the entire series through Boccia Canada’s Facebook page.