Dais 11-14

Hey folks,

Sorry for the delay on this last update. We were very busy the last few days of the games, and after returning home, there’s been lots of tasks in re-organizing my Ottawa life.

As I said, the last few days were jam packed. We saw Sitting Volleyball (exciting to watch, and I need to be careful that Trish doesn’t defect from Boccia to this ), blind Judo, blind soccer, and all the Canadian medal round games for the men’s & women’s wheelchair basketball teams (women got sliver, men upset in semis, but still won bronze, both qualifying for London 2012). Needless to say our voices were pretty horse every single night!

We also got a chance to attend a reception for Canadian athletes at a downtown hotel, put on by the Province of Ontario, for the Toronto 2015 ParaPanAm games. It was nice to get some Ontario food & wine/beer (cause the village food court was getting REALLY old). We also got to meet and talk to (and earlier in the day, have lunch with) the Federal Minster of Sport, and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (who himself is a person with a disability). It was a nice break from the games.

The closing ceremonies were just as special as the opening, … with one major exception. The main entertainment was what can only be described as “the Mexico version of KISS”. Yes, that’s as bizarre and surreal as it sounds! 

The final night in GDL was spent enjoying the night with a new friend from the cycling team. We got about 1.5 hours of sleep, then started the long journey home.

Although my personal competition didn’t go as planned, it was still a great positive experience which I’ll never forget. It was a privilege to represent Canada, and it only makes me hungrier to be able to do it again next year in London!

You can find a photo album of our whole adventure at (you don’t need to be a facebook user to see this):
Many thanks to Trish for uploading this album and letting me share it with all of you!

The next few months will involve training for Nationals in March, and doing what I need to do to make London 2012. I’ll keep you all updated sporadically during this time.

Entering the closing ceremony in "Team TK style"!!!!!


About bocciashooter
Canadian BC1 Paralympic Boccia Athlete and 2011 National Champion. The only "foot player" in the country.

One Response to Dais 11-14

  1. Kathy says:

    We LOVED all the photos! What an experience! By the way, you’ll be getting home just in time for some snow – ugh! Thanks for sharing…..xo

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