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Boccia trio head to Liverpool

Ranking points: Bermuda boccia players Omar Hayward, left, Yushae DeSilva-Andrade, centre, and Steve Wilson will compete at the World Championships in Liverpool

Yushae DeSilva-Andrade, Steve Wilson and Omar Hayward will represent Bermuda at the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championship in Liverpool.

The trio have been selected by the Bermuda Paralympic Association and will compete in the individual competition from Sunday until next Saturday.

Hayward will be making his debut at the World Championships and will be led by his more experienced team-mates Wilson and DeSilva, who both competed at the previous championships in Beijing, China, in 2016.

DeSilva also competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The World Championships is expected to attract 190 players from 33 countries to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

It is the biggest and most prestigious competition on the international calendar outside the Paralympics.

Athletes will compete for world titles, as well as important ranking points ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

John Dowson, chair of Boccia UK, said: “Boccia saw sell-out crowds in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“The sport is growing at a terrific pace internationally so we are thrilled to be hosting the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships.

“It’s the largest event on the boccia calendar and we are gearing up to provide an unrivalled experience for both athletes and spectators”.

The competition will be streamed live through the BBC sport website, sport app and connected television.

Anyone interested in Boccia or Paralympic Sport contact the Bermuda Paralympic Association at bermudaparalympic@gmail.com.