BOCCIA player Kieran Steer could be on his way to the UK Championships after he continued his promising return to the sport with a national medal on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who is from Crossgates, returned to competitive action last October after taking time out following the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, in which he reached the semi-finals of the mixed pairs competition.

After marking his comeback with a gold medal at the Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) Invitational, he went on to claim bronze at the Boccia UK Challenger Series in February, a competition that attracts the leading players from across the country.

And, at Edinburgh's Napier University, he added another gong to his growing collection by winning silver at the SDS Scottish Boccia Championships, which also offered the chance to claim places at next month's UK Championships in Northern Ireland.

Competing in the BC4 classification for athletes who have impairments that have no cerebral origin, Steer was among a high standard of player but set up a final with Stephen McGuire after victories over Jackie Morrison, Scott McIntyre and Ross Munro.

McGuire, Scotland's most successful BC4 player, had never lost to Steer but fell 2-0 behind after the first two ends in what was a competitive match.

But, after taking a point in the third, McGuire showed his experience to take three points in the last and claim a 4-2 victory, but it is likely Steer has done enough to qualify for the UK Championships.

A former World Junior Para-Sport Games gold medal winner and European Continental Cup singles winner, Steer reached a world ranking of 11 in individual competition, and third in the pairs, before the Paralympics.

After winning the SDS Invitational, he also regained his place in the Scottish boccia squad.