Athlete BIO TEAM USA

TEAM USA members have earned their spot by competing at USA NATIONALS.

These athletes have put in years of work to be the best Boccia Players in the Nation and the World.

Austin Hansen –   BC3    from Topeka KS

3 time Paralympian – Ranked 8th in the world.

Loves to drive fast – Make friends across the world and make people smile!

 

Cornelius Oatis   BC1  Columbus, OH

 

International Competitions: 2013: America’s Cup –Gardner, Kansas 2014: World Championships—Beijing, China 2015: America’s Team Pair Championships- Montreal, Canada

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

It means a lot to me to be on Team USA, because I am proud to support my country in a different way and I have many people looking up to me.

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

My favorite hobby besides boccia is playing video games.

Marck Harrison  BC2   Columbus, OH

International Competitions: 2011: World Cup – Coleraine, Ireland 2013: Amercia’s Cup – Gardner, Kansas 2014: World Championships – Beijing, China,  2014 Americas Team/Pair  Montreal, Canada

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

 

I come from a family full of athletes and growing up I was not sure if I would be able to compete at a high level. Being on the national team allows me to fulfill my dreams, as well as, create avenues for my independence.

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

I enjoy writing music, hanging out with my friends and creating opportunities to help others.

Charlie Brown Class: BC4   Florida

International Competitions:

2011: ParaPans – Guadalajara, Mexico 2012: Montreal, Canada 2013: America’s Cup – Gardner, Kansas 2014: World Open – Montreal, Canada 2015: America’s Team Pair Championships – Montreal, Canada

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

Before my injury I was a US Marine. Being apart of the USA National Boccia Team allows me to represent my country again in another capacity.

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

In my spare time, I enjoy restoring classic cars and assisting other veterans. I know how difficult it can be to find motivation once returning home after an injury. Boccia has given me a positive outlet so I try to help others find passion to keep moving forward.

Charles Fleisch Class: BC3  New York

International Competitions:

2003: World Cup – Christchurch, New Zealand 2005: America’s Cup – Mar del Plata, Argentina 2009: America’s Cup – Montreal, Quebec 2013: America’s Cup – New Century, Kansas 2011: Parapan Am Games – Guadalajara, Mexico 2015: America’s Team Pair Chamionships – Montreal, Canada

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

Being on Team USA brings me great pride. It is my passion so it means a lot that I can support and represent my country playing a sport I love.

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

I have fun playing video games and staying active playing other sports.

 

Brigid Mason

  

Class: BC1

  

International Competitions:

2005: Mar del Plata, Argentina

2006: Rio de Janerio, Brazil

2009: Montreal, Canada

2010: Lisbon, Portugal

2014: Beijing, China

  

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

I have the opportunity to travel the world playing a sport I love. I get to meet many great people and learn about different cultures that I otherwise wouldn’t have the chance of experiencing.

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

I go to a Friday night social group that my local special rec organization, WDSRA, hosts each week.

 

Howard Cohen: BC3  New York

 

International Competitions:

2013: America’s Cup—Gardner Kansas, 2014 Americas Team Pair Championships – Montreal, Canada

 

What does being on the USA National Boccia Team mean to you?

Being on the National team allows me to be able to compete at a higher level where I can achieve my goals.

 

What are your hobbies in addition to playing Boccia?

I love watching sports. My favorite teams are the New York Mets, Giants and Knicks. I also like going to the beach, writing poetry and listening to music.