USA Boccia in BISFed World Championships

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Competition begins September 22


Atlanta, GA – BlazeSports America/USA Boccia is the High Performance Management Organization for the Paralympic sport of Boccia and will be sending five athletes to Beijing, China for the 2014 Boccia World Championships. Sanctioned by BISFed (Boccia International Sport Federation) the World Championships will run from September 19-27 and are the last major Boccia competition prior to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Competition begins on September 22.       

The event will feature 172 competitors from 31 nations and will take place at the facilities of the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (CASPD).

“The 2014 national team is the best we have ever sent to a World Championship.  Our BC1/BC2 team is ranked #14 in the world and Austin Hanson, our BC3 player, is ranked #9 in the world,” said Jeff Jones, high performance director for USA Boccia. 

The 2014 USA Boccia World Championship Team includes:    

  • Rafael DeJesus  BC2  (Valley Stream, NY)
  • Austin Hanson   BC3  (Topeka, KS)
  • Marck Harrison BC2  (Columbus, OH)
  • Brigid Mason     BC2  (Naperville, IL)
  • Cornelius Oatis  BC1  (Columbus, OH)

      Head Coach:  Mark Flora- Swick (Gardner, KS)
      Team Leader: James Thomson (Bay Shore, NY)

      Sport Assistants

  • Fiona Allen  (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Gary Barraclough (Topeka, KS)
  • Troy McPherson (North Baldwin, NY)
  • Tracey Oatis (Columbus, OH)
  • Ken Siderine (Patchogue, NY)



  USA Boccia now has a Facebook page to allow you to follow all the action at the world championships.



About Paralympic Boccia

The competitive sport of boccia is overseen by the Boccia International Sport Federation (BISFed) which is based in Hertfordshire, UK.


Today Boccia is a played competitively at national and international level in more than 50 countries by athletes who require a wheelchair because of their disability.  Boccia was originally played by athletes with cerebral palsy, but now includes athletes with other disabilities which affect motor skills. Boccia was practiced for many years as a leisure activity until it was introduced at the New York 1984 International Games for the Disabled as a competitive sport.

At Paralympic level, Boccia is one of only two sports which do not have an Olympic counterpart, the other being Goal Ball which is specific to athletes with a visual impairment.

All events are mixed gender and feature individual, pair and team competitions. The game consists of four rounds in individuals and pairs competitions and of six rounds in the team competition. It is played on a hard surface, and the goal is to throw the game balls so that they land as close as possible to a special target ball, which is called the “jack.”

At the London 2012 Games, 104 athletes competed in seven medal events.

About USA Boccia

USA Boccia is a program of BlazeSports America, the legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and is the USA member of Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed). USA Boccia is the High Performance Management Organization for Boccia designated by the United States Olympic Committee.

USA Boccia is responsible for five key areas of program development for the sport, including: Athletes: Identification, Recruitment and Retention; Coaching Development; Training; Competitions; and Organizational Leadership.

About BlazeSports America 

BlazeSports America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that changes the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities worldwide through sport.  Formed in 1993, as the direct legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Paralympic Games, BlazeSports programs and services encourage lifelong health, build leadership skills, foster independence and inclusion, and promote an inclusive society. BlazeSports is the member of United States Olympic Committee – Multi-Sport Organization, the High Performance Management Organization for Boccia in the U.S. and the USA Member Organization of Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association. For more information about BlazeSports, visit

For more information contact Jeff Jones, USA Boccia High Performance Manager at 404-270-2036 or



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