Bermuda's First International Boccia Gold Medal Claimed
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The Bermuda team competed in the Buenos Aires Regional Open, Steve Wilson competed in the BC4 Division and went through the entire competition undefeated winning 6 games and defeating Argentinian Khalil Profiti 4-1 in the Final to claim the Gold Medal and spoil the party for the home crowd.
Wilson got off to a great start throwing jack long and scoring 2 points in first end. In the second end Profiti scored one point and the score was 2-1 at the half way mark. Wilson then performed some great pressure shots and edged away from his opponent by scoring 1 point in each of the remaining 2 ends. He also defeated players from the US and Mexico on his way to reach the final. This was the first time a Bermudian Boccia player has won a Gold Medal at an International Event.
Omar Hayward and Yushae DeSilva-Andrade also competed in the BC1 class. Both players had to play each other in the opening match with Hayward narrowly defeating DeSilva Andrade 3-2. Hayward then convincingly beat Flores from Argentina 8-0 before losing final match 5-4 to Ventura from Mexico. Unfortunately due to point difference Hayward did not progress to finals however played some great Boccia to claim 2 wins. DeSilva-Andrade lost her 2nd match, by only 1 point again to Ventura from Mexico however fought hard in 3rd game and finished with a great win defeating Flores from Argentina 4-1.