Marco Dispaltro and Josh Vander Vies in preliminary rounds
of BC4 Boccia competitions -
Photo credit: Daniel Marcotte & Canadian Paralympic
LONDON, - Sept. 4, 2012 - The Canadian BC4 Boccia team has
just succeeded in bringing home the Bronze Medal, the
first Paralympic medal ever won by BC4 Canadian players in
boccia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Sarnia Native Josh Vander Vies
(Vancouver, BC) and partner Marco Dispaltro (St-Jérôme, QC)
won 8-2 against Great-Britain McGuire brothers. Canada
crushed their opponents in the first end by scoring four
points. Great-Britain tried to reciprocate but scored only
one point in the second end. Dispaltro and Vander Vies
remained calm in the third end and scored an additional 4
points in front of Canadian delighted fans.
"It feels so good. In the third
end, when we scored four points, I knew we would win the
match." Said Vander Vies. "I delayed telling Marco what the
score was so he could see from the referee. We were both
"I was in my zone today. We
played strong, we played fast and it worked out." Said
Dispaltro. "It's unbelievable to go back home with a medal.
But it's not over. We will win more." Individual
competitions will start tomorrow, on September 5.
In earlier competition starting
on September 2 Vander Vies and Dispaltro defeated Thailand 6
- 1, and defeated Great Britan 4 - 1.
On September 3 they won 4-3 in
their preliminary round against Slovakia, securing their
spot in the semi-final match against Czech Republic.
Dispaltro and Vander Vies played
a nail-biter semi. The two players scored one point per end
for the three first ends, dominating the game. In the fourth
end, the Czech bounced back by scoring three points to tie
the score. Canada was defeated in the last minute of the
extra end, securing them a spot in the bronze medal game.
It is the first Paralympic medal
for Vander Vies and Dispaltro. The medal ceremony will
happen this afternoon at 3:30pm local London time. (10:30