Each confined to a wheelchair with an incurable degenerative condition, they could have been forgiven for living on handouts.
But their incredible drive and ambition – and the attitude that makes them so unique – have made them Paralympians.
Positive, determined and with a wickedly dry wit, their commentary on life as it unfolds is irrepressible.
And it is matched only by their desire to win a medal at the Paralympics – a goal that has come about by deliberate planning and strategy on Stephen McGuire’s part, encompassing his big brother Peter, 29, along the way.
“When I left school, I decided I wanted to be a Paralympian. I researched it to figure out what sports I would have to do to get me there, ” said Stephen, 27. “I came across table tennis, swimming and a sport called boccia, which I had never heard of.