I trust you all enjoyed your boccia in 2014 as much as I did watching some fantastic competition – whether this was live at the World Championships in Beijing, or on-line at one of the World Open events..
Having recently become members, Azerbaijan hosted their first ever boccia National Championships on Saturday 6th December, in Baku.
The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been unveiled this week.The mascots, yet to be named, were joined by mascots from previous games as they were unveiled. Fans can help chose their names by voting online at www.rio2016.com/mascots. The choices are Oba and Eba, Tiba Turque and Esquindim or Vinicius and Tom with the winning names set to be announced on the 14th December.
September was another huge month of para-sport with four world and one European Championships taking place.
After some incredible performances across the board, the public now has the chance to vote for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for September 2014.
Following the success of the 2014 Boccia World Championships in Beijing, BISFed held its first General Assembly meeting on Sunday 28th September, also in Beijing. 30 of BISFed’s 51 Member nations attended the General Assembly.
On a dramatic finals day there were plenty of shocks to keep the crowds guessing as to who was going to collect the final medals. Marco Dispaltro was unable to beat his nemesis Eliseu Santos in the semi final of the BC4 competition. Santos went on to collect the Silver medal against Yuk Wing of Hong Kong in the final who played fantastically well all week. Hyeonseok Seo of Korea collected the bronze after beating Dispaltro 6-2 in the play off game.
The teams and pairs results are in and the medals have been decided in the team and pairs competitions in Beijing..
Streaming is available directly from the competition hall in Beijing. Those wanting to watch the Boccia need to access the official competition website being managed by our hosts:
Click on the date at the top of the page and enjoy!
Organisers have now published the Technical Handbook for the 2014 BISFed World Championships. The handbook contains all the important information for the upcoming championships and can be downloaded below:-
The Boccia USA National team travelled to Long Island for a training camp ahead of the 2014 BISFed World Championships. The team heads to China full of confidence with Austin Hanson (BC3) ranked 4th in the world and their BC1/BC2 team ranked 14th.
The BBC have published a piece on Nigel Murray, the world number 5, during his preparations for the BISFed World Championships. Murray is keen to build on his success from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and feels that a medal is well within reach.
Murry forms part of a 10 person squad for Great Britain who will be looking to add to the 9 World Open medals won already this year in Montreal and Povoa. The British team have it far from their own way in China. Strong teams from Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Thailand and Korea among others all have a chance to take home gold.
The names of the officials, classifiers and referees have been announced by the organisers of the 2014 BISFed World Championships.
This is the list of athletes participating in the Boccia World Championships in Beijing. Each Country will receive a form shortly to nominate thier athletes for the Individual competition. The rest of the field will be completed by the highest ranked athletes not already selected.
The logo for the forthcoming BISFed World Championships has been revealed 40 days ahead of the tournament. The competition kicks off on the 19th September and will pay host to over 180 athletes from 30 federations. The competition will crown 7 new world champions across the 9 days of competition.
It has been a week of countdowns in the world of Paralympic sport. Today marks ‘one year to go’ until the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Americas Paralympic Committee President Jose Luis Campo believes they can have a similar impact in Canada as the London 2012 Paralympic Games had on Great Britain.
The 2014 BISFed World Championships is a little over a month away and preparations are almost complete and ready to welcome over 180 athletes from 30 federations from around the World. This will be the largest Boccia competition ever held and marks a significant point in BISFeds journey. Not only will it be a chance for athletes to compete against each other for the right to be crowned World Champion but over 40 delegates from 30 federations will embark on the Chinese capital for the first BISFed General Assembly to discuss a host of important issues.
With 2 years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games the Look of the Games has been reveiled.
The IPC has announced the 2014 recipients of grants from its development arm, the Agitos Foundation. BISFed has been successful in its application for grant funding for the second year:
The 2014 grant will be spent on designing and implementing on-line education tools for training Referees and Classifiers which in turn will support the growth of our sport. Working with our technology partner, Sport80, design and development work will start in October 2014 and we expect to be able to launch the new on-line tools during 2015.
The deadline for the general assembly has now been extended. Members will now have until Thursday 31st July to submit their delegates entry and their federations motions and nominations. The general assembly is an invaluable opportunity for members to have their say and express the issues that affect them in the world of Boccia.
The assembly is being held after the BISFed World Championships in Beijing on Sunday 28th September and delegates will have the opportunity to attend a sight seeing tour on Monday 29th September.
We urge all federations to ensure they send one of their delegates to the assembly to ensure they can see how BISFed want to work together with its members to build a better Boccia for everyone.
BISFed President, David Hadfield and Board Member Martin Lam visited Beijing on 3 & 4 July to review the preparations for the 2014 Boccia World Championships.
They held several meetings with the Local Organising Committee and visited the Competition Venue and accommodation. The photograph shows Martin Lam, Mr Li (Director General, China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities), David Hadfield, and Mr Qi (Deputy Director, CASPD).
Notice to all BISFed Members:
On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can determine more accurately the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort. This announcement was as a result of a trend over recent years towards players using balls which have a greater circumference than allowed in the Boccia Rules (i.e. greater than the maximum of 278mm.) Such balls are often so soft that they cannot properly be described as ‘balls’ because they deform so much when they are thrown, thereby giving the thrower an unfair advantage. However, because these balls are so soft, they are able to pass the existing circumference test under Rule 2.1.
Information has been sent to all federations detailing the requirements for the first BISFed General Assembly. The General Assembly registration process will be managed by the Sport:80 Sports Management System and all federations will be able to log in and complete their registration and pay for the event online. Keep an eye on inboxes as a username and password will be sent directly to the primary email address in our records. General Assembly documents can be downloaded below along with all job descriptions for the elected positions.
The competitor to staff ratio is 1:1. Each Pair or Team category are allowed to enter 1 coach/manager and each total delegation can bring one member of medical staff. For example, a country with 7 athletes competing with 1 Team and 1 Pair BC3 means that the maximum number of staff allowed is 10.
The online forum function is now live! We have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officials or supporters of boccia.
Whether its having a discussion with other players about the recent rule change announcement; suggestions as to what you want from us or discussing your latest training methods with others, we want everyone to log in and get involved.
Visit the FORUM now and sign up!
Here at BISFed we have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officiates or supports boccia. We are currently in the process of incorporating an online forum to our website. Here we want you, the people who love the game, to share your thoughts and let us know exactly how you think we can continue to improve.
Boccia is a strategic target sport requiring skill, accuracy, mental toughness and an ability to think clearly and execute tough shots when under pressure. By developing the technical skills required to play boccia, a player will develop their movement skills. A player can apply the improvement in the movement skills to enhance their functional ability and remain active for longer.
Invitations for 2014 Boccia World Championships
Invitations to those who have qualified for the 2014 Boccia World Championships have now all been sent. We are currently waiting to hear back from those who have been asked to fill the remaining spaces and will make a further announcement on April 15th.
With just 23 days to go until the first BISFed event of 2014 excitement is mounting. The Maurice-Richard Arena will host athletes from around the world and give competitors their first opportunity of 2014 to earn valuable world ranking points. The 4 day competition has attracted 76 athletes from 14 different countries and will start on 1st May.
After receiving funding from the AGITOS Foundation and further support from Hogan Lovells and UKSport, the Making Boccia Accessible Project has ensured the project can now be expanded to ensure more sets reach beneficiaries in more countries.
Welcome to BISFed’s new website, the first of many changes to come as a direct result of our relationship with Sport:80. We hope you like it and enjoy using it. We welcome your feedback on Twitter and Facebook or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the Twitter and Facebook links to post your comments.
Sport:80 has signed an agreement with BISFed, the new IPC-recognised federation that governs the Paralympic sport of Boccia, to build and maintain a bespoke membership management and events system.
BISFed was accepted as a full member of the IPC at the General Assembly meeting in Athens on 23rd November 2013. The photo shows IPC President Sir Philip Craven handing the Certificate to BISFed President David Hadfield.
In the words of the IPC President, Sir Philip Craven, the London 2012 games were the best Paralympic Games ever. And so it proved for Boccia which consistently attracted the biggest ever crowds, anxious to see the game being played at the highest level of skill