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DAVIDSON Brayden
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age22
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Adelaide, SA, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
He originally competed in Para swimming, but had to quit the sport in 2011 due to a shoulder injury. He attended a Para athletics talent search day and found he enjoyed the sport after previously having doubts about it.
Club / Team
South Australian Sports Institute [AUS] / Hills District Athletics Club [AUS]:
Name of coach
Lynn Larsen [club]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Braydo (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matt Cowdrey, Australian Para sprinter Evan O'Hanlon. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a shoulder injury in 2011. (teamtjd.blogspot.co.uk, 10 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of winning a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

He was named Elite Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in 2015 and 2017 by the South Australian Sports Institute [SASI]. (adelaidenow.com.au, 24 Nov 2017; sasi.sa.gov.au, 20 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He represented the state of South Australia at the 2012 Australian Paralympic Football National Championships. He has also competed in Para swimming. (younggunsshin.blogspot.co.uk, 21 Apr 2012; teamtjd.blogspot.co.uk, 10 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To achieve a career that involves doing statistics and media work at major sporting events. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (teamtjd.blogspot.co.uk, 10 Jun 2015)
Other information
EMOTIONAL MEDAL
He dedicated his gold medal in the T36 long jump at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to his late grandparents, who were the first people that inspired him to become a Paralympian. At age six he retreated to his grandparents house after being bullied at school for not being strong or fast enough in sports. "My nanna was the one that gave me the dream of even going to the Paralympics. She just said 'maybe one day if you keep on going that can be you out there competing for Australia at the Paralympics'. Nanna, grandad, I did it." (medaldisplays.com.au, 10 May 2017; smh.com.au, 13 Sep 2016; abc.net.au, 13 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Long Jump T36 5.62
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 Long Jump T36 5.00
3 2015 Long Jump T36 5.44
Heats 2015 100m T36 13.06
7 2015 200m T36 26.35
3 2017 Long Jump T36 5.39
8 2017 100m T36 13.29
6 2019 Long Jump T36 5.37