Bridgend's Paul Davies upset a player four places above him in
the world rankings to secure a Class 1 singles bronze at the London
2012 Paralympic Games.
After playing table tennis for 21 years, Davies won his
first Paralympic medal at the age of 45.
"I hope I've inspired the younger generation who have got
disabilities. There is sport out there for every disability and if
they pick the right one and work hard enough maybe they will be
sitting where I am in Rion in four year's time."
Paul used to play table tennis in his free time, but started
getting more actively involved in the sport from 1991. He says that
he has always believed that if you want something badly enough and
work hard to get it, you will be rewarded for it - a motto that has
paid off. Paul loves the competitive side of the sport, and it also
ensures he keeps fit and active. He also likes to go hand cycling
when he has the opportunity to do so.
The highlights of Paul's career so far include his Paralympic
bronze medal and winning the silver medal in the team event at
the 2011 European Championships, where he also beat the 2008
Paralympic Gold Medallist. He cites the most influential people in
his life as his son and his wife Deborah.
Paul was injured in an accident in 1986.