Aled Sion Davies /

Aled Davies

Date of Birth

24 May 1991

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Biography

Aled Davies made his mark at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after winning his first Paralympic medal on day two of the competition; bronze in the F42/44 shot putt with a distance of 13.78m.

And success for the Disability Sport Wales Academy athlete didn't end there, Davies went on to win gold in the F42 discus in front of a packed crowd at the Olympic Stadium with a winning throw of 46.14m.

All the signs of success were there for the Bridgend ace before he earnt selection for the London 2012 Games. He broke the F42 shot putt World Record in April with a throw of 14.56m at the CP Grand Prix in Gateshead.

His role models include fellow athlete Nathan Stephens and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson: "Nathan's a bit of a machine. He puts me to shame in the gym. He benches 132kg and generally puts a lot of effort into his sport. When I see the effort he puts into his throws it makes me want to improve. When Tanni used to train with us she was really inspiring."

Notable performances in 2011 include gold and silver in the shot and discus at the IPC World Athletic Championships in New Zealand. In May, he secured discus bronze at the Paralympic World Cup.

He studies at UWIC in Cardiff. He was not always destined to be involved in athletics as he began his career in the world of swimming. He competed for Bridgend Surf Life Saving Club at age of seven before he made his switch to athletics.

Before competing, Aled likes to listen to rock music to psych himself up.

His talents have been cultivated by the Disability Sport Wales Academy which is designed to ensure that young Welsh disability athletes showing medal potential are provided with the essential starting blocks.

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