Silver hat trick for Canada in boccia

August 11, 2015

TORONTO (August 11, 2015)- Only the powerful Brazilians could put the brakes on Canada’s boccia players on Tuesday at the Parapan American Games.  Adam Dukovich of Ottawa, Eric Bussières of Vercheres, Que., and Hanif Mawji of Calgary all won silver medals on Tuesday in singles play. They lost their respective championship matches to Brazilians.

"We just have to be positive,’’ said Dukovich who lost the gold medal match in the BC2 division 8-0 to Maciel De Souza Santos. “The score isn’t reflective of my game but rather the strength of my opponent’s play.”

"It has been an honour to compete with the best in the world,” said Bussière who fell 8-1 to Richardson Santos in his BC3 championship match. 

"It has been a wonderful experience,’’ said Mawji, downed 8-0 in his BC1 final to Jose Carlos Chagas. ‘’The facility is state of the art. It's been a learning experience.’’

Alison Levine of Montreal couldn’t manage to keep up with the consistency and accuracy of Marcelo Dos Santos of Brazil. She leaves the Parapan American Games with a strong fourth place finish.

Canada finishes the Games with six medals in boccia (one gold, four silver and one bronze).  Brazil won nine medals including six gold.