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Results from Boccia Championship Turkey


Via Aksaray

Turkey Physically Disabled Sports Federation of Turkey organized by the Physically Disabled Boccia Championships, was held in Aksaray, with the participation of 76 athletes from 19 provinces.

Turkey Physically Disabled Sports Federation deputy president İlhami Kılınçkaya dispersible in his speech at the opening of the sports champion in the living room, boccia, he says that there is a sport for people with severe disabilities.

Boccia’s also a Kılınçkaya indicating that the paralympic branch like other branches, “Engel you have a sport that we do whatever. Already we are aimed at people with disabilities, to both improve themselves with sporting activities, as well as in the social sense is to allow them to express themselves much more comfortable,” he said .

athletes Turkey Physically Disabled winning then the championship is experiencing the fun and challenging competition from each other Sports Federation deputy president İlhami Kılınçkaya, Youth Services and Sports Provincial Director Cuneyt Alkan, Physically Disabled Provincial Representative our Hamdi Turan, Turkey Physically Disabled Sports Federation Vice President Selim Özen and by our branch managers trophies and medals were given. In addition to all the athletes and coaches who participated in the tournament unseeded we were given participation medals.

Turkey Physically Disabled Sports Federation deputy president İlhami Kılınçkaya our Provincial Director Cuneyt Alkan and Physically Disabled Provincial Representative our Hamdi Turan boccia was presented a plaque of appreciation for the support they have given to the sport.

The Provincial Director Cuneyt Alkan “our disabled brothers that we are always with them every time I expressed.Paralympic Centre open our doors to them until the end, we are ready to support any subject, “he said.

Kılınçkaya also come to our country in Aksaray 74 candidates for the coach and referee training boccia that the US gave a plaque of appreciation to all three trainers.

Turkey Physically Disabled Sports Federation by paralympic boccia before the championship in the direction of development in our country of the sport for two days in Aksaray US three trainers Mark Floraswick, Johnson, Harold and given coach and referee training by Dianne Fowler.

on winning the championship teams and athletes are as follows;


BC 1 classification: 1 Fatih Akkan, 2 Birhan Erdal 3. Sule Turkoglu
BC 2 classification: 1. Mustafa Ozkan, 2. Propose Sen, 3 Furkan Kuzucu in
BC 3 classification: 1. Yasar Cinar, 2 Yavuz Acar, 3. Celestial Pala
BC 4 classification: 1. Salim Yalcin Kaya, 2 Rabia Nur Poyraz 3 Fulya Vural
BC 5 classification: 1. Erkan Koç, Mustafa Demir, 2, 3 Murat Yildirim


BC 1 classification: 1. Izmir Metropolitan 2. Izmir Gaziemirsp, 3rd Sivas Disabled Şekerspor
BC 3 classification: 1. Izmir Metropolitan and Kocaelispor, 2 Samsunspor, 3 Kayserispor
BC 5 classification: 1. Sivas Gençlikspor 2. Sivas Disabled Şekerspor

New DEMAND Boccia ramp for the athletes in Mettingen, Germany

With the financial support of a Trust a high-tech ramp made by the UK based charity DEMAND could be purchased (More about DEMAND’s range of ramps here).

Ths means the Boccia athletes’ Sarah and Alexander are now able to practice their sport with the new ramp. Both athletes meet on a regular basis to practice at the Ernst-Klee-Schule, a special school for physical development in the North-West of Germany. Both players have been practicing together for about 5 years. Their biggest sporting achievements so far are a runner-up by Alexander and a 6th place by Sarah at the German championship.

Even though the sport was included in the German paralympic games, Boccia is not very well known yet. However within the sport there is fierce competition amongst the BC3 Boccia athletes. By now, the biggest barrier is the qualification for the German championship. As there are only few tournaments overall, all the more that there is great competition to be picked for inclusion in these events.  Therefore, the Boccia ramp from DEMAND in England came just in time. Especially as Sarah is very excited and hopes to be able to participate at the national championship again next year with the aid of the new ramp and a lot of practice.

An additional athlete of the team in Mettingen has already accomplished success by securing a spot at the championship.

Alban participated in the BC1 category and won at this year’s qualification tournament, which was also attended by the national team coach. He outmatched the other Boccia players in all of his games. He is now hoping to be able to continue his great performance at the 10th German championships, which takes part near Munich this Autumn (2013).ImageImageImage

Macedo takes IPC Athlete of the Month crown after gold winning performance at Boccia European Championships

Portugal’s Jose Macedo has been named as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete of the Month for June after securing 59 per cent of the public’s vote.

The London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist managed to woo the public with his outstanding performance on home turf at the 2013 Boccia European Championships, where he claimed two golds – one each in the individual and team events – in the BC3 classification.

Macedo’s triumphs at the competition in Guimarães helped Portugal lead the standings alongside Britain with three gold medals each.

via Macedo takes IPC Athlete of the Month crown after gold winning performance at Boccia European Championships 

Turkey, Boccia and a Dream !

In the city of Izmir, Turkey located on the Western coast, a new paralympic sport is gathering the attention of everyone. That sport is BOCCİA !!!

We have been playing boccia in Izmir for a few years now (since we discovered the sport in 2008 in China) but after watching the Paralympic Games 2012 in London we now have a dream to go to the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp” perhaps.


It can never hurt to dream.  And dream big we have … With the help of Demand Sport this dream is coming true for our most physically disabled athletes right here and now. Our friends at Demand managed to get us 4 of their boccia ramps to take back to Turkey. Players who had never been able to play competitive boccia, for lack of proper equipment, were able to put their accuracy to the test using this equipment.

For many, it is already a dream come true. The new professional approach of our program has drawn the attention of the local municipalities and sports clubs to find new players, coaches and referees. That’s all for now :). You’ll have to wait  to see what will happen next.
Could it be international competitions in Turkey? Let’s dream on…………..

Boccia Paralympian challenges minister

A Paralympian has challenged health minister James Reilly to spend a day in a wheelchair before any more cuts are made to home care services.

Student Padraic Moran, who has cerebral palsy, said targeting Ireland’s most vulnerable would send the country back to the Dark Ages.

The 28-year-old, from Bray, Co Wicklow, who represented Ireland in Boccia in London 2012, has 10 hours of personal care a week to help him in the mornings and with his evening meal.

He said: “I want the health minister to put himself in a wheelchair for a day and see if he can function and do the most simple tasks, like getting himself dressed or travelling on public transport. By cutting these services, they are hitting the most vulnerable in society. It has to stop.”

The DCU student, who is studying communications, and works weekends at East Coast FM, said he would not be able to live on campus in Ballymun without the care funded by the state

via Paralympian challenges minister – National News, Breaking News –

Disability won’t stop Boccia player following his dream

Mikey, as his friends know him, goes surfing in Lahinch, produces a radio programme, studies in Mary I, started a poetry group in Enable Ireland in Mungret, plays Boccia, is on Bridge Celtic’s AFC committee, loves to travel and is planning a mountain biking trip.

Last weekend he was a guest of President Michael D Higgins at a Being Young and Irish Workshop in Cork.

“My disability doesn’t stop what I do. I try and be as independent as I can be and education is a top priority.

“My motto is ‘I can and I will’ and no matter who you are or what your

via Disability won’t stop Limerick man following his dream – Community News – Limerick Leader.

Gabriel Shelly – Boccia player profile – Ireland

Gabriel is a full-time athlete and one of the most experienced Irish Paralympians, competing at four Paralympic Games, five World Championships, four World Cups and three European Championships.

To date, Gabriel’s career highlights in boccia are gold in the BC1 individual at Sydney 2000 and bronze eight years later at Beijing 2008.

via Gabriel Shelly | Paralympics Ireland.

Ireland – Local Boccia hero welcomed home

Gabriel Shelly of Bagenalstown and who lives in Kilkenny city also did his adopted home city proud with an outstanding performance in w boccia.

On Monday family and friends gathered in Dublin airport to welcome home the athletes. The athletes will be celebrated and honoured by the Government at a reception hosted by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Leo Varadkar in Farmleigh on Friday (September 14). They will also be honoured on October 22 at a reception in Aras on Uachtarain hosted by President Michael D. Higgins.

via Local heroes welcomed home – Local – Kilkenny People.

Greece defeats Portugal in boccia match at 2012 London Paralympics

London, England— Greece defeated Portugal on Tuesday in the boccia BC3 pairs gold medal match, by four points to one. 2012 is the eighth Paralympics since the introduction of the sport, which is similar to lawn bowls.

The Greek pair Nikolaos Pananos and Grigorios Polychronidis won three sets, and lost one, against Portugal’s Armando Costa and Luis Silva by scores of 2—0, 1—0, 1—0 and 0—1. They enjoyed enthusiastic support from Greek fans repeatedly shouting, “Bravo!” after each took their respective shots. Following the Greek win, supporters broke into rhythmic clapping, continuing their flag-waving and chanting. One of the Greeks competitors rolled his electric wheelchair around, whilst smiling and posing for photos.

Georgian-born Polychronidis holds an accounting degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He came into the London Games as a silver medallist from the BC3 individual event at the Beijing Paralympics. Having spinal muscular atrophy, he took up the sport at university where he was introduced to it by George Tzimas.

With London being Pananos’s debut Paralympic Games, he only took up boccia competitively in 2007 and took part in both individual and team events at these Games. Pananos, who has cerebral palsy and is retired, is coached by Andreas Keramidas and plays his club boccia for ASAX Eidiki Olympiada.

Portugal qualified for this match after beating South Korea 4—3 in the semi-finals. The Greeks earned their gold medal round opportunity after beating Belgium who went through pool play undefeated. Portugal won two of their three matches in pool play, losing one, and taking 14 points with only four scored against them. In pool play, Greece won two matches, lost one, and took eight points versus 13 points against them.

Boccia, which is similar to lawn bowls, was first played at the 1984 Summer Paralympics. As a Paralympic sport, it is played by people with cerebral palsy and similar locomotor conditions; players are divided into four different classifications based upon their functional ability.

via Greece defeats Portugal in boccia match at 2012 London Paralympics – Wikinews, the free news source.

Boccia: Cronin advances, Miller misses out

IRELAND’S INDIVIDUAL BOCCIA challenge got off to the best possible start on Wednesday morning when Johnny Cronin won his BC3 seeding match at the ExCeL Arena.

Cronin was the first of three Irish competitors up in the mixed individual event where he beat Nurul Mohammad of Singapore 6-4. He now qualifies for Thursday’s last 16 round.

Bobbie Connolly and Tom Leahy will hope to follow that example with wins of their own when they take to the court in the BC2 classification later this afternoon. Leahy faces Abilio Valente of Portugal at 4.40pm while Connolly is up against Robert Mezik of Slovakia at 5.45pm.

via Paralympics 2012: Cronin advances, Miller misses out · The Score.