On Sunday, revolutioniseSPORT and Boccia Australia announced a partnership aimed at improving member events across the country using new software designed to make it easier for Boccia Australia and its volunteers to register new members, handle payments, run events and communicate with members.
Secretary of Boccia Australia Caroline Daley is quoted in a press release as saying, “The platform will save our hard-working volunteers hours of time spent administering our competition and managing our membership, and allow us to shift our focus to solidifying our status as a recognised peak sporting body in Australia.”
revolutioniseSPORT Director Alex Mednis is quoted as saying in the same press release, “Boccia Australia is an emerging organisation in the Australian sporting scene. We’re really keen to help them continue strengthening their position by boosting participation and streamlining their processes. […] Our platform will also allow them to gain meaningful insights into their membership data, giving them greater planning scope for the future of Boccia in Australia.”
Boccia in Australia is largely stagnant on the international level. The country has not sent a competitor to the Paralympic Games since 2000, when they hosted the event and the only medal they ever won in the event was in 1996. There are recent attempts to change this, and get athletes qualified for Rio and for Tokyo. Australians are currently ranked 18th in the world, and 18th in the BC3 and BC4 team events. Individually, Australian Mecenzi Howard is ranked 47th in the BC1 individual event of four currently ranked Aussie competitors. Fiona Lyons is ranked 30th in the individual BC2 event and is the top ranked of four Australian competitors. Daniel Michel is the top ranked Australian in the BC3 individual event at 35th, while Ange Mcreynolds is last of four Aussies ranked at 92nd. Jean-Paul La Fontaine is one of two world ranked Aussie BC4 individual competitors and is ranked 35th. Dean Nottle is ranked 65th in the BC4 individual event.
The sport was 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.