Canadian boccia championships coming to Abilities Centre in Whitby

Community Mar 04, 2015 Whitby This Week

WHITBY -- The Canadian boccia championships will not only crown champions this weekend in Whitby, but also serve as a test event for the Parapan Am Games to be held at the Abilities Centre in August.

Athletes are coming from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, and from all parts of Ontario, including two competitors from Durham Region.

Paul Rehel, from Oshawa, is a former wheelchair racer and Paralympian in athletics. He switched to boccia more than 15 years ago and coaches the new boccia program at Abilities Centre.

Gordon Letke is new to boccia this year and plays through the Abilities Centre program. He was recruited into the sport by his fiancée, Jennifer Goulet, who used to play boccia with the Durham Hotwheels.

Both Rehel and Letke are playing in the open division, which is for athletes with disabilities who do not meet the criteria for the official Paralympic divisions.

Other competitors include a number of Paralympians and Parapan podium potentials, including Montreal's Marco Dispaltro, currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the BC4 classification, and Alison Levine, one of Canada's top female competitors.

The event is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening ceremonies start the championships on Friday, March 6 at 9:15 a.m. and action continues throughout the weekend until the medal games at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Canadian boccia championships coming to Abilities Centre in Whitby

March 6-8 national championships also a test event for 2015 Parapan Am Games

Community Mar 04, 2015 Whitby This Week

WHITBY -- The Canadian boccia championships will not only crown champions this weekend in Whitby, but also serve as a test event for the Parapan Am Games to be held at the Abilities Centre in August.

Athletes are coming from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, and from all parts of Ontario, including two competitors from Durham Region.

Paul Rehel, from Oshawa, is a former wheelchair racer and Paralympian in athletics. He switched to boccia more than 15 years ago and coaches the new boccia program at Abilities Centre.

Gordon Letke is new to boccia this year and plays through the Abilities Centre program. He was recruited into the sport by his fiancée, Jennifer Goulet, who used to play boccia with the Durham Hotwheels.

Both Rehel and Letke are playing in the open division, which is for athletes with disabilities who do not meet the criteria for the official Paralympic divisions.

Other competitors include a number of Paralympians and Parapan podium potentials, including Montreal's Marco Dispaltro, currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the BC4 classification, and Alison Levine, one of Canada's top female competitors.

The event is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening ceremonies start the championships on Friday, March 6 at 9:15 a.m. and action continues throughout the weekend until the medal games at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Canadian boccia championships coming to Abilities Centre in Whitby

March 6-8 national championships also a test event for 2015 Parapan Am Games

Community Mar 04, 2015 Whitby This Week

WHITBY -- The Canadian boccia championships will not only crown champions this weekend in Whitby, but also serve as a test event for the Parapan Am Games to be held at the Abilities Centre in August.

Athletes are coming from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, and from all parts of Ontario, including two competitors from Durham Region.

Paul Rehel, from Oshawa, is a former wheelchair racer and Paralympian in athletics. He switched to boccia more than 15 years ago and coaches the new boccia program at Abilities Centre.

Gordon Letke is new to boccia this year and plays through the Abilities Centre program. He was recruited into the sport by his fiancée, Jennifer Goulet, who used to play boccia with the Durham Hotwheels.

Both Rehel and Letke are playing in the open division, which is for athletes with disabilities who do not meet the criteria for the official Paralympic divisions.

Other competitors include a number of Paralympians and Parapan podium potentials, including Montreal's Marco Dispaltro, currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the BC4 classification, and Alison Levine, one of Canada's top female competitors.

The event is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening ceremonies start the championships on Friday, March 6 at 9:15 a.m. and action continues throughout the weekend until the medal games at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.