DeSilva-Andrade makes history on podium
Para-athlete Yushae DeSilva-Andrade has became the first Bermudian to finish on the podium at an international boccia tournament.
DeSilva-Andrade, competing in the BC2 class, won a bronze medal at the ISFed Regional Open Championships in Montreal at the weekend.
Also competing in Montreal were Bermudians Omar Hayward and Steve Wilson.
All three advanced to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time.
Wilson placed fourth in the BC4 class and Hayward came fourth in BC1.
DeSilva-Andrade, who represented Bermuda at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro last year, beat Matt Hiltner, of the United States, 3-2 to progress to semi-finals.
She then lost 4-3 to Canadian Tammy McLeod before beating Michael Mercer, also of Canada, in a tiebreak after the game finished 4-4.
Hayward lost 6-2 to Eduardo Sanchez, of Mexico, in the semi-finals. losing 6-2. He was then defeated 5-1 by Canadian Eric Lefebvre in the bronze-medal game. Wilson was beaten 5-1 by Alison Levine, of Canada, but advanced to the semi-finals virtue of a good for-and-against record.
He then took on Marco Dispaltro, of Canada, the former world No 1, losing 5-1.
Wilson then faced Levine again in the bronze-medal match, where he was beaten 6-1.