BEFORE London 2012 few people knew what boccia was and even fewer knew how to pronounce it, but despite twice agonisingly missing out on a medal on his Paralympic debut, Scot Stephen McGuire believes the future is bright for the sport in the UK.
Having finished fourth in the doubles competition alongside brother Peter, McGuire returned for another shot at a medal but ended up going down 5-3 to Brazil’s world No.1 Eliseu dos Santos, who produced a miraculous shot in the second end to assume an unassailable lead.
But while both the McGuires end their London 2012 campaigns empty-handed, they leave with a hatful of memories, having been roared on by a partisan home crowd at the ExCeL, which also witnessed David Smith seal silver yesterday to add to the team bronze he won with Nigel Murray, Dan Bentley and Zoe Robinson.
And as a result, McGuire was keen to focus on the positives.
“It’s all done now with two fourth positions but I’m proud of what I have done at my first Paralympics,” said the 28-year-old