Canada captures bronze in Boccia at Paralympic Games

9/4/2012 10:37:16 AM

LONDON - Canada has captured a bronze medal in boccia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It is the first time Canada has won a medal in the boccia BC4 competition.

Marco Dispaltro of St-Jerome, Que., and Josh Vander Vies of Vancouver defeated British brothers Stephen and Peter McGuire 8-2 in the bronze-medal match of the BC4 mixed pairs category.

The Canadians scored four points in the first end and added four more in the third to top the home team.

"It feels so good," said Vander Vies. "In the third end, when we scored four points, I knew we would win the match."

It's the first Paralympic medal for Vander Vies and Dispaltro and Canada's first ever in the BC4 division.

"I was in my zone today," said Dispaltro. "We played strong, we played fast and it worked out."