Aled Davies MBE

Record-breaking, world champion Paralympian athlete

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Olympic speaker Aled Davies MBE is a record-breaking Paralympian athlete from Wales competing mainly in category F42 throwing events.

Born in Bridgend on 24th May 1991 with a combined disability of talipes and hemihemilia in his right leg, his sporting journey began in 2004 when, upon watching the Athens Paralympic Games, he turned to his parents and told them that he would one day win a Paralympic gold medal.

Growing up in a sports-loving family, Aled has been involved in sport from a young age and has never let his disability hold him back. Before he discovered his throwing talents, the Olympic speaker was a good rugby player and strong swimmer, often competing against and alongside able-bodied athletes. In 2006, Aled switched to athletics deciding to commit to the shot put and discus, and he never looked back, winning competition after competition at junior category and making the natural progression to senior level.

His finest moment came at the London Olympics in 2012, where he took the bronze medal in the shotput and set a new European record in his favoured discus discipline on the way to gold. In 2013, he qualified for both shot and discus as part of the British team for the 2013 Athletics World Championships in France.

In the shot put, Davies threw a distance of 14.71m, setting a new world record and securing the gold medal. He followed this three days later with gold in the F42 discus, making him a double world champion. An inspiring individual, Aled overcame his disability to reach the top echelons of sporting excellence and etching his name into history in the process.

As a Paralympic speaker, he offers a very candid insight into the daily struggles he would face as a youngster, as well as explaining how the world of Paralympic sport has developed and changed into something previously thought impossible.

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