For the past several days, Brazil’s Associação Nacional de Desporto para Deficientes has been providing on their Facebook page a 2015 Brazilian disability sport retrospective. The events they mention include:
- AROUCA Rio de Janeiro elevated to Brazil’s top division for 7-a-side football
The team played five games, coming away winners in all of them. In the season decider for whom went up, they met ATIVA Mato Grosso do Sul whom they defeated in a 3 – 2.
2. Região Sudeste wins Brazilian individual boccia championship
In a two-day competition featuring 61 boccia players from around the country in early December in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, the Região Sudeste came away the winners with a pair of gold medals and four bronze medals. Região Centro-Oeste finished second with two gold medals, while Região Sul finished in the third spot with four silver medals.
Individual gold medalists at the competition included Beto in BC1, Maciel in BC2, Mateus Carvalho in BC3, and Eliseu Santos who won gold in BC4. Santos is a noted Brazilian international player who represented her country at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the BC4 pairs event.
3. SESI comes away big winners Brazilian pairs and team boccia championship
Blumenau, Santa Catarina played host to the third edition of the Brazilian national pairs and team boccia championships in November. Boccia club SESI came to play and demonstrated they can produce great quality wins in claiming the most medals, a gold in the BC1/BC2 team event and a silver BC3 pair event. The BC1/BC2 squad included Guilherme Germano, Sergio Augusto, Jefferson Pacheco and Valdmir Moreira. The BC3 pair included Danilo Xavier and Evani Soares. One of the other big winners at the event was the BC4 pair of Dirceu and Eliseu Santos from the TRADEF club who claimed gold in their class.
4. III Copa Centro-Oeste de futebol de 7 PC won by ADD
In May at the Praça Esportiva Elias Gadia in Campo Grande, the III Copa Centro-Oeste de futebol de 7 PC took place and featured six teams from around the country including Mato Grosso do Sul, Distrito Federal and ADD. In a surprising result, ADD came away the victors.
The competition was an important one, and not just for which team won on the pitch. It was used as part of the national selection process for the U-20 world championships and the Parapan American Games. Beyond this, organizers used the event as an opportunity to work on disability integration efforts in the local community.
5. Sudeste de Bocha regional championship sees SESI dominate
SESI dominated the Sudeste de Bocha regional championship held in Águas de Lindóia, São Paulo. The club took home two hold medals and two silver medals as they came away as the overall medal winners. Individual medalists at this competition inclued Guilherme Germano in BC1, Santos Maciel in BC2, Evelyn Oliveira in BC3 and Eliseu Santos in BC4.