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NI Boccia Players to compete in Scottish International Open Championship

Thu 12th October 2017

NI Boccia Players to compete in Scottish International Open Championship

Northern Ireland will be represented by five athletes this weekend in the 2017 Scottish International Open Boccia Championships in Inverclyde. The competition is an excellent opportunity for the players to compete against the best players in the world including BC1 Paralympic Champion David Smith and BC4 World Champion Stephen Maguire, and top ranked BC3 players Patrick Wilson & Jamie McCowan.

Making their international debuts for Northern Ireland in the BC3 category will be Ballyclare based duo Robyn McBride & Hannah Uprichard. Both girls have progressed through the performance pathway in Northern Ireland during the past 18 months and have shown excellent form in recent national league games.
In the BC2 category Scott Cromie from Rathfriland will hope to make his mark against some tough Danish & English opponents. Also in BC2 Northern Ireland’s 2016 Rio Paralympian Claire Taggart will compete in GB Boccia colours this weekend in preparation for the European Championships at the end of the month in Portugal.

In the BC1 category Fermanagh’s William Graham will renew his rivalry with world champion David Smith and Ireland’s Niamh Dunphy in a tough group that will test the experienced Fermanagh native to the full.

On Friday the players will play in the Team & Pairs Competitions for their respective countries across all classification with Northern Ireland being represented in BC1/2 team & BC3 pairs.

An exciting weekend is in store on the west coast of Scotland, with some of the best talent in the UK and beyond in action.

For further inormation please contact Odhrán Doherty on odoherty@dsni.co.uk or 028 9046 9925.