Boccia player Alison Levine has revealed she is suffering from loneliness during the COVID-19 crisis ©Paralympics Canada

Canadian boccia player Alison Levine has revealed that she has "had feelings of sadness" due to the restrictions put on her training due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Montreal player has said she is battling and winning against her mental health which took a hit when the restrictions were first put in place by the Canadian authorities.

She was set to attend a Paralympic test event in Tokyo before the virus halted all international travel.

Speaking to Para swimmer Benoit Huot via video call she said, "To be perfectly honest, I've had some good days and some bad days as well.

"Last week was a rough one for me, I had feelings of sadness which I hadn't had before. It was almost grief at the feeling of not being able to do what I'm born to do.

"Still I'm keeping busy and feeling better and I've had a really good last three or four days."

Levine also agreed with the postponement of the 2020 Paralympics, but had said that due to not being able to travel with friends and teammates she struggled with loneliness.

"We had a team Zoom chat recently and I realised that apart from me and another athlete, everyone lives with someone," Levine said.

"I'm happy for my teammates that they are with the ones they love but that hit me hard.

"Still, I contact family and friends online, my mother comes by and waves at the window which is heart-breaking at times, so I know I'm really well supported."

Now Levine is focusing on her situation and aiming to make the most of it ahead of next year's Games in Tokyo. 

"I just have to think about things I can control, so I continue training as much as I can at home and benefit from the advice of my teammates and our staff to help me get through this" she added.

Levine is currently second in the world in the BC4 category and remains the highest ranked woman alongside Hong Kong's Yuen Kei Ho who is also second in the BC3 classification.