The gold medal winning South Korean team, courtesy of University of Ulster News.
On its face, boccia can seem like a straightforward sport. The events at last week’s Boccia World Cup in Northern Ireland, however, showed how mistaken this assumption is. Asian athletes brought a whole new style of play to the tournament and were handsomely rewarded with a serious collection of podium hardware. The BC1 and BC3 divisions were dominated by competitors from Asia, especially by a South Korean team that took home the gold in BC1, swept the BC3, and claimed the overall team gold. David Smith, a member of the British squad and 4th place finisher in BC1, explained the differences in technique to Paralympic.org: “The Asians play a very different style,” he said. “They have a more open and aggressive style, taking the jack much higher up the court.” Portugal and Brazil also had solid showings, taking home several medals apiece in the BC2 and BC4 classes. You can view the complete results on the Sports Ulster website.
BlazeSports is the governing body of USA Boccia, and while the American team failed to claim any medals at this World Cup, we are extremely proud of our squad. The competition in Northern Ireland has only whetted our appetite for some more hardcore boccia action in London next year at the Paralympic Games.
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