Earlier today, Boccia New Zealand published updated rankings. Maurice Toon is the top ranked competitor in the BC1, BC2 and BC4 combined group. Greig Jackson is the top ranked BC3 player. Scott Burdett is the top ranked Kiwi & Open Combined competitor.
Matthew Whiting is second, Ross Flood is third, Jeremy Morriss is fourth and Perry Rhind is fifth to round out the top five for the BC1, BC2 and BC4 combined group. Oliver Hill-Parker is second, Hyran Daymond is third, Anthea Henry-Hurst is fourth and David Phuah is fifth in the updated BC3 rankings. Khi Chung Chen is second, Kimberley McLean is third, Sandra Grey is fourth and Neale Batchelor is fifth in the Kiwi & Opened Combined group.
Jackson is the sole New Zealand player to get an invite to this year’s BISFed Boccia World Championships that officially gets underway on September 19 in Beijing, China. He is currently ranked twenty-third in the world in his class. He’s previously represented New Zealand at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics, where he finished out of medal contention.
Boccia is in a bit of a decline in New Zealand, with no Kiwis representing the country at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and the country’s last Paralympic medal coming at the 2004 Games where Jeremy Morriss, Ross Flood, Liam Sanders and Maurice Toon picked up a silver medal in the Mixed Team BC1-BC2 event.