Created: Jul 06, 2022 07:54
Tough exit: Yushae DeSilva-Andrade suffered back-to-back defeats in her first Pool C matches in the BC1 Women’s Division at the Boccia World Cup in Portugal (Photograph by Claudio Cruz/Lima 2019)
Yushae DeSilva-Andrade remained optimistic despite a difficult boccia World Cup campaign in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal.
In her first international competition in over two years, the 28-year-old suffered back-to-back defeats in her first Group C matches in the BC1 women’s division.
In his first match, DeSilva-Andrade had a hard-fought encounter against Amagoia Arrieta of Spain which ended up coming out on the wrong end of the 3-2 result.
Her second match proved more difficult, as she lost 5-1 to Kinga Koza of Poland.
The results left them bottom of the group of three competitors, with only the top two from each of the three groups progressing to the knockout stage.
However, despite the disappointment, DeSilva-Andrade refused to be too hard on herself after a tough time, having endured not only a lack of competition but also disruption in preparation as she was forced to train at home rather than Bermuda High School for Girls. due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“I’m very proud of my performance considering I haven’t been able to play for 2 and a half years due to Covid,” said DeSilva-Andrade, who is ranked 36th in the world in her division.
“The matches were a bit different this time around due to strict protocols and if you didn’t follow those protocols you couldn’t compete.
“My two matches were tight, as I only lost each end by one or two points. All in all it was a great experience and I can’t wait to compete again in three weeks [at the Veldhoven World Boccia Challenger event in the Netherlands].
“To prepare for my next event, I plan to refine my technique to improve my performance.”