Update on 2012

As the London 2012 Paralympic Games draw near, I thought I should provide an update for everyone on my Boccia career.

I am unfortunately not in London, either as an athlete (barely missed making the team this time around, with one BC1 athlete cut for just the Paralympic year) nor a “SuperFan” (long story, the contest was marred by software bugs, yes very ironic given my profession, and was finally won via random draw). The next couple of weeks will be difficult for me, but I still fully support my friends and teammates who are representing our country and sport. It also an opportunity for me to closely follow my teammates and their experiences, to help me prepare for my own Boccia future. All the small pieces of info, will give me a better idea of what to expect and prepare for down the road.

If you know me at all, you know that setbacks just make me drive even harder towards my goals. Looking forward to 2016, I’ll have a full quadrennial as a high performance athlete to continuously improve and gain international ranking points. I won’t be “behind” like I was for London with just being on the National Team only a year prior. For 2013-2015, they will be two BC1’s on the team, and that should give me the opportunity to work hard and improve my international play and ranking.

For the summer, I’ve dialed down on the training (while keeping my physical preparations high) and taken some time to rest, refocus, and spend some time with my wife, friends, and family. I’ve also really tried to focus on why I love to play the game of Boccia. Using my background as critical-thinking problem solver, I’m also developing some new equipment, balls, and strategies, which I hope will give me a “world-unique” advantage. Together with my whole “team”, we’re looking at plans for the next 4 years to accomplish my sport and non-sport goals. My next competition is Boccia Blast (in London, ON) in November, and I’ll be looking to “next peak” at 2013 Nationals in March.

I’ve also re-branded my twitter account (@bocciashooter) to be able to provide quick updates during my training and competitions. Please follow me if you have a twitter account.

In closing, I wish all the best to the Canadian Athletes currently in London!

GO CANADA GO!!!

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