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
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
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
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
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