GB Boccia select players for World Individual Championships

Great Britain have named an experienced squad for the 2016 BISFed World Individual Championships, to be held in Beijing, China from the 19th-26th March.

It is the first time that a separate World Individual Championships has been held and players will be able to focus solely on their own performances with no Team and Pairs competition. The winner of each class will qualify directly for Rio while good performances will earn big ranking points to enable individual participation at the Paralympic Games.

David Smith (Eastleigh, living in Swansea)
Smith is the reigning World Champion and world number 2 who will be looking to reclaim top spot from the Netherlands Daniel Perez.

Nigel Murray MBE (Leamington Spa)
Murray is currently world ranked 6 in the World and has pedigree in individual competition with a Gold in Sydney in 2000 and a Silver at Beijing 2008

Josh Rowe (Perth)
Rowe won Silver in the European Continental Cup behind Murray in 2015 and is ranked 14 in the World. He will be looking to build on that result by having an impact a a World level event

Martin Davis (Aberdare, South Wales)
Davis made the semi finals of the 2015 World Open in Poland overcoming Portugal's Fernando Ferreira en route. Ranked 24th he will be a dark horse in the BC2 field

Scott McCowan (Dundonald, Ayrshire)
With World Number 1 Jacob Thomas recovering from illness, McCowan is the highest ranked GB BC3 at the Championships. Ranked 8th he will be looking to secure a final ranking in the top ten to secure Rio participation

Patrick Wilson (Edinburgh)
A relative newcomer Wilson has made it out of his pool at every competition he has attended despite a low World ranking, beating some notable players along the way. Now ranked 18th in the World, Wilson has a chance to make some serious progress.

Jamie McCowan (Dundonald, Ayrshire)
Formerly a BC4 athlete, McCowan now brings his ferociously competitive game to the BC3 game. With this being his debut as a BC3 and having no World ranking some highly ranked players are going to have a shock on their hands as the McCowan brothers have some very tight inter-family matches in training.

Stephen McGuire (Hamilton, South Lanarkshire)
Now a veteran of the squad McGuire's most notable individual result was a Silver medal in the 2010 World Championships. He also finished 4th at London 2012 and without the fatigue caused by a Pairs event first he could be poised to challenge for a medal

Kieran Steer (Fife)
Steer won Gold at the European Continental Cup in 2015 which was his maiden individual title. With a world ranking of 12 he will be a strong contender to progress to the knock out stages

Evie Edwards (Elmsett, Suffolk)
Edwards started every match with Stephen McGuire at the 2015 European Team and Pair Championships and came away with a Silver medal. Edwards is making terrific progress and with a ranking of 39 none of the higher seeds would be pleased to be facing her at the pool stage