Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Claire Taggart from Northern Ireland selected for GB Boccia team
Claire Taggart from Northern Ireland has been named to the GB Boccia team for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
In 2019, Taggart won the individual BC2 at the European Championships in Seville.
She made history at the Rio Games in 2016, becoming the first person from Northern Ireland to compete in the Paralympic Games in the sport of boccia.
They are a nine-member squad from Great Britain and Taggart will join world champion David Smith as he looks to increase his medal count.
The seasoned Smith won BC1 gold in Rio and then won his third individual world title in Liverpool in 2018.
“It’s crazy to think this will be my fourth Games and I’m still only 32,” said Smith.
“It’s exciting because there is still a lot to come.”
Brothers Scott and Jamie McCowan, compatriots Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards also have Games experience after competing in Brazil in 2016.
Beth Moulam, Will Hipwell and Louis Saunders are set to make their Paralympic debuts in Tokyo.
Saunders, who is the youngest on the team at 19, said it was “nice” to break the good news to his family.
“I received the call for selection while I was at Angmering School for Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy. It meant so much to me because that’s where I first discovered boccia, ”he said.
“It was nice to share the news with my family who have supported me so much. They even let me turn the living room into a mini boccia pitch during the lockdown. They can’t wait to support me and the team from home. me this summer. “
The Tokyo Paralympic Games begin on August 24 and end on September 5.
Boccia GB team
BC1: David smith
BC2: Claire Taggart, Will Hipwell
BC3: Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Beth Moulam
BC4: Evie Edwards, Stephen McGuire, Louis Sanders