BlazeSports America announces 2013 US Boccia National Team

July 30, 2013, 2:25 p.m. (ET)

BlazeSports America, the high performance management organization for the sport of Paralympic boccia in the United States, is proud to announce the selection of the 2013 U.S. National Boccia Team which will compete at the 2013 Americas Cup. Scheduled to take place Aug. 2-9, 2013 in Gardner, Kan., the 2013 World Cup is the first major international qualifying competition for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Boccia teams from Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and the United States will compete in Individual, Pairs and Team play. The 2013 USA National Boccia Team members are: 

BC1 Division
Cornelius Oatis / Columbus, Ohio / Individual and Team Play
Elizabeth Flora-Swick / Gardner, Kan. / Individual and Team Play
Christopher Viau / Evanston, Ill. / Individual Play

BC2 Division

Abdallah Anwar / North Hollywood, Calif. / Individual and Team Play
Rafael DeJesus / Valley Stream, N.Y. / Individual and Team Play
Marck Harrison / Columbus, Ohio / Individual and Team Play

BC3 Division
Howard Cohen East Meadow, NY Individual Play
Charlie Fleisch North Massapequa, NY Individual and Pairs Play
Austin Hanson Topeka, KS Individual and Pairs Play
Fawad Zakai Stone Mountain, GA Individual and Pairs Play

BC4 Division
Charles Brown* Loxahatchee, FL Individual and Pairs Play
Denise DeMello Delray Beach, FL Individual and Pairs Play Robert Thomas* Masedonia, OH Individual and Pairs Play


“We are very excited to announce this team of talent athletes.” said Jeff Jones, Team Leader for Team USA and the Director of Sports for BlazeSports America. “Team USA is a mix of experienced players and young first-timers to the international arena. We hope to start the Run For Rio with success in the Americas Cup.”

For more information, visit or contact Jeff Jones at or call 404-270-2000.