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DeSilva shows battling qualities in defeat

Bermuda boccia players Omar Hayward, left, Yushae DeSilva-Andrade, centre, and Steve Wilson competed at the World Championships in Liverpool

Yushae DeSilva-Andrade lost 3-2 to Portuguese Nelson Fernández in the final match of BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championship in Liverpool on Tuesday.

DeSilva, who competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was unfortunate not to beat the world no 9, according to Troy Farnsworth, the Bermuda coach.

“Yushae played some great boccia and was unlucky not to come away with the win,” Farnsworth said.

DeSilva joined team-mates Steve Wilson and newcomer Omar Hayward at the competition, which featured 190 players from 33 countries at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

“Unfortunately none of our players progressed to round of 16,” Farnsworth added.

“However our players have shown they can certainly compete with the world’s best.

“Many of the games they played were close and other countries are now taking note of Bermuda.”

Farnsworth said he was proud of the local trio’s displays in Liverpool.

“I’m very proud of our performance as the athletes have shown tremendous dedication to training in the lead-up to this competition and the hard work is paying off,” he said.

“I am also extremely grateful to all volunteers who help train our athletes on a weekly basis and those who work behind the scenes to coordinate getting our athletes to competitions.

“I would also like to thank the Bermuda Paralympic Association for supporting our athletes compete at this major competition.

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