Scott McCowan aims his Boccia sight at Tokyo 2020

Scott McCowan

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Dundonald, Ayrshire

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    BC3 (competition partner Gary McCowan)

Athlete main content


Scott first began playing Boccia in 2006 when he was 15 after impressing at a disability multi-sports event. This led to an invitation to join the Scotland squad by GB coach Claire Morrison.

He was selected to represent GB for the first time at the European Championships in Portugal in 2009 and has been selected for every major since, including his first Paralympics at London 2012 where he finished 5th in the BC3 pairs and made the last 16 in individual competition.

Scott competes in the BC3 category in which players use an assistive device or ‘ramp’ to propel the ball into court. They have a ramp assistant to operate the ramp, which in Scott’s case is his father Gary.

He was selected for Rio alongside his younger brother Jamie, and his ramp assistant is their mother Linda meaning that the whole family featured in competition in Rio.

His career highlights have been captaining the GB pair to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Portugal in 2013 and a silver medal at the World Championships in China in 2014.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Scott and his team-mates Jamie McCowan and Patrick Wilson didn’t get beyond the pool stage winning one of their three matches.

The BC3 Pair of Patrick Wilson, Jamie McCowan and Scott McCowan claimed Silver medals at the 2017 BISFed European Championships, held in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Away from the boccia court, Scott graduated from the University of Stirling in 2015 with a second class BA (with honours) degree in Psychology & Sports Studies and is an avid follower of many other sports including football, American football, golf, snooker and darts and US television dramas.

Major Results

2017 BISFed European Championships, held in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

  • BC3 Pair: Silver

2014 BISFed Boccia World Championships, Beijing, China

  • BC3 Pairs: Silver

2013 BISFed European Boccia Championships, Guimaraes, Portugal

  • BC3 Pairs: Bronze

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