Stephen McGuire

Stephen McGuire

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Hamilton, Old Town

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    BC4 at Rio

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Stephen’s passion growing up was watching the Paralympics and his dream was to one day compete 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.

Stephen narrowly missed an opportunity to play for a Paralympic medal after losing out to eventual champion Yuk Wing Leung of Hong Kong in the quarter finals of Rio 2016, a similar experience to his London 2012 campaign.

Stephen won a silver medal in the BC4 pairs at the 2017 European Championships in Portugal alongside team-mates Evie Edwards and Louis Saunders.

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.

Major Results

2017 BISFed European Championships, held in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal

  • BC4 Pairs: Silver

2016 BISFed World Individual Championships, Beijing, China

  • Individual BC4: Gold

2015 BISFed Boccia European Championships Team and Pairs, Surrey, UK

  • BC4 Pairs: Silver

2013 BISFed European Championships, Guimaraes, Portugal

  • BC4 Pairs: gold

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