Yesterday, the Regional Sudeste de Bocha 2014 wrapped up in Águas de Lindóia, Brazil, with Guilherme Germano winning the BC1 class, Maciel Santos winning the BC2 class, Anderson Oliveira winning the BC3 class, Fábio Dorneles winning the BC4 class and SESI/SP winning the team event.
The other winners include Jonathan Prazeres and Flávio Arsiteu who won silver and bronze respectively in the BC1 class, Natali Faria and Luisa Lisboa who finished in second and third in the BC2 class, Débora Barga and Evelyn Oliveira who claimed silver and bronze in the BC3 class, and Jorge Tavares and Dirceu Pinto who finished in second and third in the BC4 class. SMEL-MOGI/SP finished second in the team event, and APBS/SP finished third.
Santos’s win reaffirms his place as one of the best players in the nation. He is the reigning Paralympic gold medalist in his classification. Pinto’s third place is considered a bit of a let down as he had competed in London, where he earned a bronze medal in the BC4 mixed pairs. He also won an individual gold and pairs gold at the 2008 Summer Paralympics. Given the level of play at the national level, he will have to step up his game if he wants to have a shot of winning gold.
The competition was streamed live. The level of play throughout the event was generally high, with players appearing to give serious consideration about shot placement. Many of the shots stayed in bounds. While boccia is a sport for high support needs competitors, their determination to win and seriousness of their play adds a lot of excitement when watching.
The competition was organized by Associação Nacional de desporto para Deficientes. The São Paulo is one of the most active in terms of boccia, with 80 players from 10 different clubs having participated in this competition.