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Smith headlines eight-strong British team at Boccia World Open in Seville

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3 weeks ago

Two-time Paralympic champion David Smith will lead the British charge at the Boccia World Open in Seville this week.

Smith headlines an eight-strong team bound for Andalucía for the first World Open of the year, with competition getting underway on Wednesday before culminating on Sunday.

Having won Team BC1-2 gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, the 28-year-old went on to win silver and bronze four years later in London, in the individual BC1 and Team BC1-2 events respectively.

He finally secured the individual title in Rio last summer, sporting a bright blue Mohawk as he became one of the stars of the Games.

Smith will be joined in the BC1-2 team in Seville by Will Hipwell and Claire Taggart, the latter of whom also competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

In the BC3 pairs, the McCowan brothers – Jamie and Scott – and Patrick Wilson will fly the flag for Great Britain, while Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards will compete in the BC4 pairs.

The competition in Seville will hold special significance for all athletes taking part, with scores contributing to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

After its conclusion in Spain, the Boccia World Open will move on to Kansas in September, before heading to Bangkok the following month.

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