Introducing Aled Sion Davies

Aled’s journey began in 2004 whilst watching the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. Aled, who was only 14-year-olds at the time, turned to his parents and told them that he would one day win a Paralympic Gold medal.

Eight years later he made that dream a reality.

Aled-Sion Davies was born in Bridgend on the 24th May 1991 with a combined disability of Talipese and Hemi-hemilia in his right leg. Due to his disability, Aled has extremely limited functionality of his right leg as it has missing bones, no muscle or ligament growth and a fixed foot, which was created at birth.

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. In fact, before he discovered his throwing talents, Aled was a good rugby player and strong swimmer and would often compete against and alongside able-bodied athletes. However, given his disability, Aled always felt he had a disadvantage on the sporting field.

This all changed in 2005 when Aled was approached by the Federation of Disability Sport Wales (FDSW) who asked him to join a local disability swimming club. For the first time in his life, Aled was competing on an equal playing field and found himself thriving in this new environment. A whole new world of sport was opened to Aled, where he wasn’t always in last place and was instead, a strong contender who was pushing for medals.

In the Autumn of 2005, Aled was invited to Cardiff by FDSW to try out athletics with a group of elite Paralympians. This is when Aled was first introduced to a number of core individuals who have since inspired and helped him reach his career goals, including his current training partner Nathan Stephens and former coach Anthony Hughes. It was during this practice session that Aled first picked up a Shot Put and Discus and he instantly showed a natural talent for throwing.

With London 2012 in his sights and with his dream of winning a gold medal, Aled made a number of sacrifices to become a full-time athlete, however this was all worth it as Aled went on to enjoy great success at Junior level, which saw him win the Gold medal in the IWAS World Junior Championships in both F42 Discus and Shot Put in 2006, 2009 and 2011, before his senior athletics career started in great fashion in 2011.

A year out from London, Aled was chosen to represent Team GB at the 2011 IPC World Championships in New Zealand, where he turned home with a Bronze medal in the Discus and fourth place in the Shot Put. Aled’s Bronze medal was later upgraded to a Silver medal due to an anti-doping ban. He followed this up with a number of PB’s to end the year on a high and was looking in great shape for London 2012.

2012 was the year the whole country had been waiting for; the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seven years after hearing the announcement that London would host the Olympic and Paralympic Games and telling his parents that he would win a Gold medal, Aled finally had the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality. He started his Games extremely well, winning a Bronze medal in the F42 Shot Put. After having a taste of the incredible atmosphere and noise from the home crowd as he stepped into the throwing circle, Aled was keen to get back in to the circle for his discus event. On the 2nd September 2012 Aled became the first Team GB Gold medallist at the Paralympic Games in the F42 Discus with a throw of 46.13m.

Following the high of London 2012, Aled wanted to prove that his incredible year was not a one-off.

In 2013, as he headed to the IPC World Championships in Lyon, Aled put any doubts to bed when he won a Gold medal in both the Shot put and Discus to become a double World Champion at the age of 22 years. He followed this strong performance by upgrading his Bronze medal in the shot put from London 2012 into a Gold at the 2013 Anniversary Games, in which he was able to compete in the Olympic Stadium in front of a magnificent home crowd yet again.

In 2014 Aled’s attention turned to his home country for the first time in his career as he was selected to represent Wales in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, furthermore, as a passionate Welshman, Aled was honoured to be named Team Captain and becoming only the second Paralympian to lead Wales to a Commonwealth Games alongside Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Aled won a Silver medal in the F42/F44 Discus in Commonwealth Games and, despite being disappointed not to take the Gold medal, Aled’s medal helped Team Wales sail to their most successful Commonwealth Games in their history.

Aled was keen to end 2014 with great success as he headed to the IPC European Champions on home soil in Swanswea.

Aled described competing in Swansea as throwing in his ‘backgarden’ and it certainly worked for him, as he secured a Gold medal in the F42 Discus and Shot Put to secure the titles of Double European Champion alongside his double World Champion status.

Aled-Sion Davies, the Double World-Record Holder, Paralympic Champion, Double World Champion and Double European Champion, now goes into 2015 in his best form and shape to date; having lost over four stone thanks to a new training regime implemented by his coach, Ryan Spencer-Jones.

Aled Davies competing in the F42 Shot-Put at the 2006 IWAS Junior World Championships

Aled Davies competing in the F42 Shot Put at the 2006 IWAS Junior World Championships

2011 IPC World Championships,

New Zealand

2012 Paralympic Games,

London

Aled Davies celebrates his first World Record of 2015 alongside coach Ryan Spencer-Jones, with a throw of 15.56m

Aled Davies celebrates his first World Record of 2015 alongside coach Ryan Spencer-Jones, with a throw of 15.56m