Final Day of Individual Competition

So today started off with my final game in my pool.  I defeated Gabe 9-1 to finish first in my pool with a 4-0 record and a +35 points for/against.  The other pool didn’t quite go as planned, and I ended up facing my toughest competitor in the Semi final.  I was down 4-0 after 3 ends, and tried my best to complete the comeback but came  up short losing 4-3.  I then had to run directly back to the call room for my bronze medal game.  Again, I got off to a bit of a shaky start getting down 3-0 after two ends.  But I pulled of 2 points in each of the final two ends to win the bronze medal 4-3.  Obviously this is not medal colour I was looking for but I was happy with my overall performance and finished first among the athletes in my classification running for the National team ( which was the real goal coming in to the competition).  

One more final day tomorrow with the Paralympic team selection camp.  I look forward to playing well all day and finally putting an end to the selection process for the 2012 Paralympics.

I will hear about the selection late this week, and will of course let you all know how it goes. I probably won’t get a chance to blog tomorrow as we will be out celebrating.

Have a good night everyone.

Keven.

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Day 2 at Nationals

I had a very good day to start off the individual competition at this year’s nationals.  I started off with a come from behind 4-3 win over Ontario teammate Brock Richardson.  I followed that up with a 16-0 win over a new athlete from BC.  My final game of the day was against Josee from Quebec which I won 10-0.  for some reason I decided to make the day extra challenging by throwing away one jack in every game of the day.  I can’t wait to see what I can do with two jacks per game tomorrow.  I have clinched first place in my pool but I have one more pool game tomorrow at 9 am, then it will be on to the semi’s and finals tomorrow afternoon.  I am very pleased with my bounce back abilities today and I am quietly confident going into tomorrow.  

I hope to be reporting more good news tomorrow.  Good night from Surrey, BC.

 

Keven

Team Gold!!!

Hi Folks,

just a quick update here.  We had the teams and pairs competition today.  In teams, we had a round robin and then a top two final. We (Ontario) won our first game 9-3 against BC and then followed that up with a 9-2 victory against Quebec.  In the final round robin game BC pulled off a major upset beating Quebec in a tie-breaker.  We then took care of business, by winning the final 13-1 over BC.  Personally, I played ok, nothing great nothing awful.

Tomorrow we start the individual competition.  I will have three games tomorrow, then a final pool game on Saturday followed by semi’s and hopefully a gold medal match.

I’m feeling pretty tired today, so I am heading to bed early.

Have a good night.

Keven

Education Day at Nationals

Hey Folks,

We’re here in Surrey, BC, we arrived late last night.  Got up early and had some breakfast at McDonalds, and we’re very happy to sneak in a private practice on the real floor before the day started.  We then had our athlete’s meeting, where I was graciously voted on to the Athlete’s Council for the Boccia National Sport Organization.  It is a new council and we have lots of plans to improve things for Boccia Athletes in Canada. Next up, was a presentation on doping control and how to “properly pee in a cup”, which for us Boccia Athletes is not easy to do.  My wife would have loved the presentation because it has all kinds of legal ramifications.  

They did manage to fit in some official practice later in the day, which was good for everyone.  We’re now waiting for the dinner and the opening ceremonies to start this evening.  

Team play tomorrow, we play BC at 9 am followed by Quebec at 11 am, and then we will be in the finals of the top two teams at 3pm. We’ll hopefully get the chance to let you know how it goes tomorrow evening.  Thats all for now.

Team TK!

Headed to Nationals

Hey folks,

Well, the time has come!  I leave tomorrow for the 2012 Canadian Boccia Championships and Final Paralympic Selection Camp, in Surrey, BC.

The calendar is as follows:

  • Wednesday, “Education Day” and meetings
  • Thursday, Team Play
  • Friday, Individual Play
  • Saturday, Individual Play
  • Sunday, Selection Camp

I feel ready to go and “get the job done”.  Also, I’m seeing this as a sort of celebration.  The last 4 years has gotten me to a point that select few will ever get the opportunity to challenge for.  If you know me at all, you know I thrive on challenges & competition!  🙂  My focus will be on enjoying the moment and the challenge!  My whole life has been conquering challenges successfully, so this will be no different.

I’ll try and keep you all updated throughout the week, either via this blog or my facebook fan page.  My amazing wife got me a new travel toy for Xmas, a brand new tablet, so hopefully it will help me update you folks.  🙂

Cheers,

Keven