Hanif Mawji sets sights on Toronto 2015
The World No. 8 boccia player is hoping to perform well at August’s Parapan American Games.By Caroline Davies | For the IPC
“I mustered all my strength, focused at the jack and threw my ball and it landed within two inches of the jack ball scoring the point and won the game.”
With the 2015 boccia season about to get underway, Canada’s Hanif Mawji has set himself a number of targets: selection for two major international competitions and an improvement in his personal and his team’s world rankings. “I am hoping that I get selected for the Para PanAm Games and Rio 2016 and looking forward to increase my current world individual ranking of number eight,” said the 47-year-old BC 1 player who joined the Canadian national team in 1991.
In 2011, Mawji was not part of the nine-strong team that topped the boccia medals table at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, but he is hoping to make the team this time round. If selected for August’s Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada, then Mawji has earmarked one opponent he really would like to play. “I am looking forward to playing a return game against the number six ranked Brazilian athlete [Jose Carlos Chagas] who beat me in the semi-finals at the America’s Cup in 2013 at Kansas City.”