Kalvin Blauert competes in Cali.
CALI, COLOMBIA – A newcomer to the international boccia scene, Team USA’s Kalvin Blauert (Colorado Springs, Colorado) showed great promise at the 2022 World Challenger in Cali, Colombia. The 22-year-old was able to pick up his first international victory, ending the tournament with a 1-2 record in the men’s BC3 classification.
“It was an honor to represent the United States of America at the 2022 Cali World Boccia Challenger,” Blauert said. “I played solidly and learned where I can adjust in my game play.”
Blauert had two objectives for competing in Cali. First, to obtain a world ranking. Second, to have a solid showing in his first international tournament. U.S. Paralympics Boccia head coach Kathy Brinker said she saw promise in the up-and-coming athlete.
“Kalvin showed he could play against some of the best new players in the world in his division,” Brinker said. “I have never seen a player totally cover both jacks in a game with their first balls over 7 meters. Kalvin is the first. He drew a very difficult pool as an unseeded player in his first tournament.”
Blauert missed advancing out of pool play after dropping two of the three matches. He lost 3-4 in a game that came down to the last point against Cristobal Aranda (Chile) and fell 4-8 to world no. 47 Jesus Romero (Colombia). Blauert learned from his previous two matches and picked up a win in his third match against Nicolas Cibils (Uruguay). Blauert had more points for and more ends won than two of the three opponents in his pool.
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