The Australian boccia BC3 pairs quest for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal success was ended following pool qualification exit on Friday 3rd September at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
On a day when the team of three NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holders Spencer Cotie, Jamieson Leeson and Daniel Michel set about qualifying for tomorrows medal matches they knew their skills of mastery and tactics would be put to the test as they required three wins from three to progress.
The first match saw them come up against Portugal, and the duo of Jamieson and Michel came out on top taking it four points to three.
Next up came the Brazilian team, and all three NSWIS scholarship holders played their part in securing a five points to two win. The fourth end combination of Leeson and Michel combining to win four points and from that position the Brazilian team could couldn’t fight back.
It came down to the final match of the day against Hong Kong, China to secure their semi-final berth and the medal matches. Leeson and Michel again took to the court and they built a three points to two lead, but the Hong Kong, China team took the game to a sudden death end as they scored a point on the fourth and final end to make the game all square.
Unfortunately for the aussies the team from Hong Kong, China took the sudden death point and secured their semi-final berth. The aussie team Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games campaign comes to and end but they leave with a historic achievement with Michel’s bronze in the individual BC3 competition and for Paralympic debutants Spencer and Leeson key experience was gained.