As the end of the year approaches www.islandstats.com looks at the Bermudians currently ranked in the Boccia International Sports Federation’s (BISFed).
Following her performance at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Yushae DeSilva-Andrade is now ranked 27th in the BC2 Individual Division, she is the 5th women on the list as well, while Steve Wilson ends the year ranked 33rd in the BC4 Individual Division.
Meanwhile Omar Hayward is ranked 49th in the BC1 Individual Division and Jamie Brangman is ranked 76th.
Bermuda as a team are currently ranked 27th.
Boccia players are given a classification depending on the type and extent of their disability. The classification system allows players to compete against others with a similar level of function.
There are four classes in Boccia. Athletes are grouped according to their impairment as follows:
BC1 - Athletes who have Cerebral Palsy. They either kick or throw the ball. They may request the use of an assistant, providing the assistant remains outside of the athlete's box.
BC2 - Athletes who have Cerebral Palsy but are able to better throw the ball than BC1 players. They are not allowed the use of an assistant.
BC3 - Athletes with a severe physical disability (Cerebral Palsy or other) that prevents them from throwing or kicking the ball three meters. They require assistive equipment such as a ramp. An assistant is also allowed within the athlete's box, however they are not allowed to observe gameplay.
BC4 - Athletes who have a significant physical disability (non Cerebral Palsy) that makes it difficult for them to throw the ball. No assistants or assistive devices may be used.