Tokyo Paralympic Games: defending boccia champion David Smith included in squad



‘I’m such and such a competitive’ – Smith wants more Paralympic success

Paralympic boccia champion David Smith is aiming to add to his medal tally at the Tokyo Games after being named to a nine-person squad from Great Britain.

World champion Smith won BC1 gold in Rio and then won his third individual world title in Liverpool in 2018.

The 32-year-old won team gold in Beijing in 2008 and individual silver and team bronze in London.

“It’s crazy to think this will be my fourth Games and I’m still only 32,” said Smith.

“It’s exciting because there is still a lot to come.”

Smith is one of six team members with Games experience as Claire Taggart from Northern Ireland, brothers Scott and Jamie McCowan, compatriot Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards all competed in Brazil in 2016.

There are Paralympic debuts for Will Hipwell, Beth Moulam and Louis Saunders, 19.

“I got the call for selection while I was in Angmering hydrotherapy and physiotherapy school,” Saunders said. “It meant so much to me because that’s where I first discovered boccia.

“It was nice to share the news with my family who have supported me so much.

“They even let me turn the living room into a mini boccia pitch during the lockdown. They can’t wait to support me and the team from my home this summer.”

The Tokyo Paralympic Games take place from August 24 to September 5.

Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards narrowly missed a medal in Rio

Boccia GB team

BC1: David smith

BC2: Claire Taggart, Will Hipwell

BC3: Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Beth Moulam

BC4: Evie Edwards, Stephen McGuire, Louis Sanders



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