McGUIRE Peter

Peter McGuire

Sport: Boccia
Hometown: Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Date Of Birth: 24/10/82
Coach: Claire Morrison

Peter was introduced to boccia by his brother Stephen and enjoys the competitive element of the sport.  He made his Paralympic debut in London in 2012.

Peter cites his greatest achievement as winning the BC4 Pairs silver medal at the World Championships alongside his brother Stephen at the 2010 World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

In Individual competition, Peter won the Scottish and British titles in 2008. At the 2011 Europa Cup in Hamar, Norway, he won a bronze medal in the BC4 Individual.

In pairs competition Peter won the BC4 pairs silver medal at the 2010 World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal and the BC4 pairs gold medal at the 2009 World Championships.

On home soil Peter’s major achievement to date has been winning gold at the British Championships in 2008.  Peter also won bronze medals at the British Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.  Peter’s first international event was the World Boccia Championships in Rio de Janeiro in 2005 when he was a member of the Scottish team led by Jacqui Lynn.

Among his influences in the game of boccia he identifies his brother Stephen along with coaches Jacqui Lynn and Jim Thomson.  Jim currently is his coach as he prepares for possible selection for the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.  Peter in his own right is an outstanding boccia singles player and recently only his brother Stephen has been able to get the better of him in major competitions.  Scotland currently has a world class squad of BC4’s and Peter is up there with the very best.  Peter’s ambition is to be in London in 2012 as member of the Great Britain Team and on current form he has every success of achieving his dream.

In his spare time he enjoys movies, reading, playing snooker, watching football and listening to music.  He identifies John “Yogi” Hughes as a great influence.  Like so many of Scotland and Great Britain’s boccia players Peter is an excellent role model for up and coming boccia players in particular.  Hugely committed, fiercely competitive and an all round nice guy are just some of the qualities that single out this West of Scotland boccia star as being very special.