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Eric Bussiere Adapting to the Sport of Boccia

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Anyone can play the sport of boccia as there are four categories based on your disability and adapted to the individual. Individuals who have limited upper body strength can also play using a ramp and other assistive devices in the BC3 category as shown by Eric Bussiere who defeated fellow Canadian Bruno Garneau in a hard-fought 5 – 4 comeback victory to advance to the semifinals. He would make Canada proud winning the silver medal, along with the Gold medal in the pairs competition at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.

Toronto, ON – Aug 8 2015 – Eric Bussiere, Bruno Garneau and Paul Gauthier receive their Gold Medal in Boccia Pairs BC3 in the Abilities Centre during the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Eric Bussiere who has muscular dystrophy has been apart of the Canadian boccia team since 2013, after being introduced to the sport in 2011. This was his first time at a major competition.

When asked about competing on home soil, he said:

“It’s awesome to be able to compete on home turf, to have family and friends in the stands and to have the comforts of being at home.”

So what advice would you give to young persons with disabilities who want to play sports?

“Try different things, find something that you like to do, that’s what I did and it has worked for me. I had the help from a social worker everyone needs support whether or not you have a ability or disability having a community and support from people is important.”

If you’re inspired as much as I am by Eric and the rest of the team Canada’s boccia team, check out the following boccia clubs in your area!

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