Ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics, we’ve picked out six British athletes from six different sports who look set to shine for ParalympicsGB. This time it is boccia champion David Smith.
Boccia, a game broadly similar to bowls, is one of the few Paralympic disciplines that does not have an Olympic counterpart and in Smith Britain boasts one of the planet’s finest exponents.
British champion at the age of just 14, Smith won his first Paralympic title while still a teenager in the team event in Beijing before adding individual silver and team bronze in London and then going on to claim the individual gold in Rio.
Heading to Japan, the 32-year-old is not only the defending Paralympic champion but holds the European and world titles as well, and can go clear as Britain’s most successful Boccia player - an honour he currently shares with Nigel Murray - with a single medal in Tokyo.
“I’m more interested in playing well and winning,” he says. “I could surpass the joint record by winning a bronze but my focus is on the gold.”
Tokyo 2020 events schedule
Individual BC1 (starts August 28)
Mixed Team BC1/BC2 (starts September 2)