Stephen’s passion growing up was watching the Paralympics and his dream was to compete one day at a Games. It was with the support of Scottish Disability Sport that he got started; they pointed him in the right direction in sport and he found that boccia was a perfect fit. He met two coaches in Jacqueline Lynn and Jim Thomson, who both encouraged him and taught him the game back in 2005 and he’s been playing ever since.
Domestically, he’s won nine British titles and seven Scottish titles. Before making his Paralympic debut at London 2012 alongside his brother Peter, Stephen was European Champion in 2009 (BC4 pairs), double World silver medallist in 2010 (individual and pairs) and European silver medallist in 2011 (individual).
His career highlight was at the 2016 World Championships in Beijing when he became World Champion in individual competition to better his silver medal from 2010.
Away from Boccia Stephen is honoured to be an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy UK, using his profile as an athlete to raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy.
A keen football supporter, Stephen is a huge fan of Glasgow Celtic and has been a season ticket holder for over 10 years. He also likes to travel, experience new cultures, meet different people and try various cuisines.
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