Coach Mary C. Hodge is pleased to provide this update with terrific news about the Nassau Thunderbolts performances at Boccia Nationals 2017 held in Chicago
Largest Nationals ever hosting 95 athletes from around the country. On day one of four, the Nassau Thunderbolts came out on fire, playing 18 games in the Individual Classes and winning a stunning 15! Every athlete won at least 2 games that day and did so in a big way with commanding leads such as: 20-0, 17-1.
Day 2: Rafael De Jesus won the Bronze!
Day 3: The team moved into team and pairs play: Between day 3 -4 we had some great games and a few not so great. In the end, Rafael was paired with 2 unknown athletes and they played their hearts out and won Bronze!
Howie Cohen and Charlie Fleisch lost in pairs pool play to the 2 athletes they would meet for the gold medal match! Having just won a game against the country’s reigning Gold medalist in the division for the last 10 years- they were confident and everything was clicking for them. They won the Gold medal in a decisive 6-0 shut out!!!! What thrill after chasing this medal for a decade!
Coach Hodge comments, “With these last few days behind me , I can honestly say I am SO PROUD of how our athletes and coaches represented our agency! They communicated well and they stayed focused. On the way to the Gold medal match – Howie and Charlie, and the Bronze medal matches for Danny and Rafael, I said to them” this is what you train for all year long- every Saturday, every Tuesday- show THEM who the Thunderbolts are – show them you can dig deep, not get distracted and bring it home- and so they did”!
Coach Hodge offers special thanks to others with roles in the Thunderbolts success:
Huge thanks to Richie Diaz from Rehab Tech at the Agency for the prototype ramp he created that helped Howie and Will win that Gold medal.
Huge thanks to Sharon O’Brien from the CP Nassau Seating Clinic who ensured each athletes’ wheelchair was ready for the pounding they were going to take going across the country
Huge thanks to Rachael Diaz R.N. for ensuring the team had everything needed for first aid.
Huge thanks to former coach Kathy Murphy for booking all the plane tickets!
Huge thanks to Troy McPherson– our Assistant Head Coach- those drills paid off!
Huge thanks to Ken Siderine for ensuring our throwing division was ready and great big congrats on that Bronze!!!
Huge thanks to all the Nassau Thunderbolts coaches– Howard Mayo Jr., Will Lowry, Hector Perdomo, Mike Solomon, and PCA’s Justice Fells, Dwayne Hudson and Jennifer Zacarias- our athletes could not do it without you on court and off court!
Huge thanks to all our supports in the agency- those medals and performances belong to you as much as us!
The competing continues: Off to Cali, Columbia in 4 weeks for Charlie & Howie !