Iulian Ciobanu burst on to the boccia scene in 2015, making his first national squad just one year after taking up the sport. Ciobanu played a key role in the BC4 pair’s gold medal performance at the 2015 Americas Team Pair Championships in Montreal. His calm exterior and poise on court have made him a strong member of the squad. Now playing boccia full time, Iulian’s sights are firmly set on Tokyo 2020.
In 2019, he won the bronze medal in pairs at the Parapan American Games with Alison Levine and Marco Dispaltro. In singles, Ciobanu’s playing style sealed a ticket to the bronze medal match against his Colombian opponent, where he narrowly missed the podium by two points.
He is known for taking risks and using clever shots to beat his opponents including an assortment of ricochets, lobs, pushes, roll up and overs, and displacements.
Ciobanu discovered boccia after participating in a demonstration in 2014 at a conference hosted by Muscular Dystrophy Canada in Montreal. Before coming to Canada, he did not know that there was a sport available for individuals with Muscular Dystrophy.
Competed at the 2019 Parapan American Games, 2018 World Championships and 2016 Paralympic Games.
Ciobanu is a husband to his wonderful wife Corina and a proud father of two beautiful girls… Moved from Moldova with his family to Canada in 2010... Has a degree in psychology from Moldovia State University…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2019 BISFed Povoa World Open - Pairs BC4 - Gold
2019 Parapan American Games – Pairs BC4 – 3rd
2018 World Championships - Pairs BC4 - 6th
2016 Paralympic Games – Pairs BC4 – 6th
2016 BISFed, Boccia World Open in Montreal, QC – Pairs BC4 – Silver
2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships – Pairs BC4 – Gold
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1 bronze medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil