Earlier today, Boccia Australia published the most recent national rankings on their website. Mecenzi Howard is the top ranked BC1 player. Aaryan Shah is the top ranked BC2 player. Spencer Cotie is the top ranked BC3 player. Dean Nottle is the top ranked BC4 player. Philip Bates is the top ranked EMU player.
This means there was not a change at the top for BC1, BC2 and EMU from the previous ranking period. Ashleigh Jamieson was the top ranked BC3 player, but she moved down to third behind Cotie and Siobhan Daley. BC4 did not previously have any ranked players. The number of ranked players has also grown expontentially from the previous rankings published in mid-October 2014. BC1 grew from 3 to 4 ranked players. BC2 grew from 5 to 12. BC3 grew from 5 to 15. BC4 grew from 0 to 2. EMU grew from 6 to 13.
The next major event on the Australian domestic boccia calendar is the 2014 Queensland Tri-Series Round 3, which is scheduled to take place on December 7 at the YMCA Bowen Hills. There is then a holiday break, before activity resumes in February with the 2015 WA Local Hub competition and State Trials, NRS: Local – Hunter Cup 2015 and NRS: State – 2015 Queensland State Titles all on the calendar.
In the past year, there have been a lot of changes inside boccia organization in Australia. There were moves to professionalize the management behind the scene, and improve the volunteer experience. The sport was also recently was added to the high performance program at the Australia Paralympic Committee, who are targeting it as a sport where they are trying to get people qualified for Rio, and to have medal contenders by 2020. The program met their non-medal target expectation at last year’s Asia and Oceania Championships. The Australian Institute of Sport considers the sport to be on track for the targets set for it, in contrast to goalball and powerlifting.