Students from Lo Espejo were the star guests of the Santiago 2023 test event

Children from the Alicia Ariztía School enjoyed live boccia at the Centro Deportivo Comunitario cheering Team Para Chile.

A delegation of students from the Alicia Aritzía School in the Santa Olga neighborhood, located in the Lo Espejo district, attended the second day of the International Boccia Challenger, a test event for the Parapan American Games, which is being held until Sunday at the Centro Comunitario de Lo Espejo.

FIU, the seven-colored bird that is the official mascot of the Games, welcomed the students and led them to the sports venue, where they enjoyed the boccia matches in different categories, asked questions and shouted ‘ceacheís’ (a Chilean shout) to cheer on Team Para Chile.

“It’s a very important and significant experience, since it allows children from an early age to begin to see and live with people with disabilities and learn about an occupational activity as relevant as boccia,” stated Francisco Olmos, coach of Team Para Chile in the sport.

With respect to the performance of his team so far, the coach pointed out that “we must take into account that the rivals are among the top 10 in the world with a much higher background and experience than the athletes in Chile, some of our athletes are living their first international experience and others with more experience have done good sets, although they lack a little more concentration.”

The first champions of the boccia Challenger will be determined this Friday in the individual categories B1, BC2, BC3, and BC4, in both genders. Then, it’ll be the turn of the pairs and team, of mixed nature, competition that will have its ending this Sunday, July 2nd.


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