GB returned from the World Individual Championships in Beijing China with two medals, a Gold for Stephen McGuire in the BC4 classification and BC1 Bronze for David Smith.
The Championships, held between the 19th and 28th March, were notable in that Great Britain was the only nation outside Asia to win a medal with Thailand and Korea picking up the other Golds and China,Japan and Hong Kong sharing the other medals.
In the BC1 event Smith made hard work of his pool. having lost 5-1 to Ibarbure of Argentina in his opener he needed to win to progress. He did so, triumphing over Mexico's Ventura on a tie break after the match finished 3-3. Having finished second in his group he had to face World Number 1 Daniel Perez of the Netherlands in the last sixteen. He overcame Perez with ease 6-1 and then beat his Brazilian opponent in the quarter finals 9-0 to set up a semi final with Thailand's Pattaya Tadtong who beat Smith in the final at London 2012. Once again Smith could not cope with Tadtong who won 8-0 but beat Soulanis of Greece 4-2 to take the bronze. Tadtong saw off his countryman Witsanu Huadprit to win Gold
None of GB's BC2's made it out of the pool stage. Josh Rowe and Martin Davis were unlucky to be drawn in the same group. The all GB game was won by Rowe on a tiebreak after the match ended 5-5 but he lost his remaining two matches. Davis claimed a win but it was not enough and he finished third in the pool. Nigel Murray also had a tricky pool losing two and winning one to finish bottom. The damage was done by an 8-2 defeat against old foe Fernando Ferreira of Portugal. Davis finished 20th overall, with Murray 28th and Rowe 29th. Another Thai, Worawut Saengampa, took Gold.
The BC3's were depleted as World Number 1 Jacob Thomas was not selected as he comes back from illness, while World Number 8 Scott McCowan had to withdraw on the eve of the event. This left Patrick Wilson and Jamie McCowan to carry the flag. Both made it out of their pools, made it to the quarter finals and were defeated by Koreans. Wilson had a 100% in his pool in a series of high scoring matches and the trend continued as he beat Hong Kong's Ho 7-4 to set up a semi against World Number 2 Ho Won Jeong. Wilson lost 5-1 to the eventual Champion but can be proud of his performance. McCowan, who was making his debut in the BC3 event having previously been a BC4, was unseeded and drawn in a tough group. Despite defeat to Sweden's Sebastian Hogrell he progressed top of the group thanks to a 3-2 win over World Number 5 Peter Cillisen of Belgium. Having seen off Vasicek of the Czech Republic 6-3 in the last 16 he narrowly lost the quarter final 5-4 to Ye Jin Choi. McCowan ended up 5th and Wilson 7th.
Veteran Stephen McGuire faced a tricky pool which included European Champion Samuel Andrecijk of Slovakia. McGuire lost a tie break to Andrecijk when the match ended 3-3 but won a tie break after the same score against Ciobanu of Canada. A 9-0 victory in his final match was enough to send him through second in the group. McGuire advanced to the final by beating Hedegus of Hungary, Durkovic of Slovakia and Kim of Korea. Awaiting him in the final was Yuansen Zheng, who defeated him 12-0 in the semi final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Revenge was McGuire's as he held out for a 4-3 victory which saw his eclipse his previous best, a silver at the 2010 World Championships. Evie Edwards was unlucky not to make it out of her pool, losing just one match and defeating the 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist Dirceu Pinto.