Following their recent performances at the the 2017 Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) America's Boccia Team Championship in Cali, Colombia, we now talk a look at Bermuda’s athletes rankings.
Yushae DeSilva-Andrade is now ranked 26th in the BC2 Individual Division, she is the 5th women on the list as well, while Steve Wilson is ranked 33rd in the BC4 Individual Division.
Meanwhile Omar Hayward is ranked 49th in the BC1 Individual Division, while Jamie Brangman is ranked 76th and Rechai Young who was making his International debut is not ranked.
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.