It was an intense day of competition in Liverpool with a mix of results for Team GB who had a fairly even split of wins and losses in their Individual matches. British medal favourites sailed through their pool matches of day one of the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships.

For our England athletes the breakdown of Day 1 results are:

o David Smith played 1 won 1

o Louis Saunders played 2 lost 2

o Evie Edwards played 2, won 1, lost 1.

David Smith MBE (Swansea / Eastleigh), BC1 Paralympic gold medallist, enjoyed a straightforward first day, beating Korea’s Sungjoon Jung 9-0:


“I knew he would be a better opponent than his ranking suggested because he is Korean and they are a strong nation. It was tough because we had no previous knowledge of his style of play or tactics. I just had to play sensibly and wait for my chances to score. I have two games tomorrow. One win will be enough to see me through but I want two wins to secure the top spot and the best draw in the last 16.”

Ipswich’s Evie Edwards, meanwhile, won her morning match against Russian player Sergey Safin 6-4. She had spectators gripped in a nailbiting second match against Hyeon Seok Seo. She lost 6-2:

“Although I lost my second match, I played really well today. Sometimes, it doesn’t come off. It was really tight at the end and was ball for ball. I have one more group game left and I still have a chance to go through to the last 16.”


The BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships has been made possible thanks to UK Sport’s National Lottery funding through its Major Events Programme.

The main court is live from throughout the week from 10:30-18:00 BST on the BBC Sport website, Sport app & connected TV.