This year’s Team Ontario has some new faces joining it, including Dominic Gomez (Whitby, ON), who is fresh off of winning his first gold medal in individual play at the 2023 Ontario Boccia Championships in Waterloo in July.
“I am very excited to be going to my first Canadian Championship. I would have never gotten to this level without my club coach, Logan White. He was essential in helping me get to this level by helping me develop a playstyle that accommodates my strengths and weaknesses. I am very happy that he will be my coach for the provincial team as well. I know the competition will be very tough, but I will give it my best effort. If nothing else, I know I will walk away with valuable experience, having competed against and watched the best players in Canada.”
Provincial Team Coaches, Logan White (Toronto, ON) and Tiffany Gaudette (Mississauga, ON), will be traveling to Richmond alongside the athletes. “I am so excited to be heading to BC for Canadian Boccia Championships with Team Ontario for the third time. This year we have some new additions to our team of young Players who made their debut at the Boccia World Youth Championships in July, which was a great start to prepare to play Canada’s best athletes. Along with the new athletes we have many returning players. All these athletes have put a lot into their training the past year to be their best and I can not wait for them all to show their skills and represent Ontario. Let’s Go Team Ontario!”
July was a big month for boccia in Ontario, as two of Ontario’s athletes represented Canada at the first ever World Boccia Youth Championships in Povoa, Portugal. Carter Plumb (Brampton, ON) gained valuable experience at this event and was able to capture a couple of game wins. He now will get to compete at the Richmond Olympic Oval, the long track speed skating venue for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and is currently the training venue for SportAbility BC, Wheelchair Rugby Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and BC Wheelchair Sports.
“I am honoured to be selected to compete in one of Canada’s most prestigious tournaments for the first time and be a part of a team of amazing athletes and support people from across Ontario. It will be exciting to be able to compete in such an amazing facility that also accommodated Olympians and Paralympians in 2010 . That event had some legendary moments, hopefully there is still a bit of magic left for all of us. I aim to perform at my best, learn more about competing in pairs Boccia and exceed expectations.”
Individual play will be October 26 – October 28 and team and pair play will be October 29. You can keep up with the action and get the latest news on the event webpage.
2023 Team Ontario
Giovanni De Sero
The Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (OCPSA) was founded in 1981 as a registered charitable organization for the delivery of sport to persons with cerebral palsy. Today, OCPSA is a leading sport organization in the province for persons with a disability, focused on sport development, participation and performance for athletes in Para-Athletics (Track and Field) and Boccia.
Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Juliana von Cramon, Program Manager
Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association