Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
October 25, 1997
Home
Woodcroft, SA
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2011
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Matt Cowdrey and Evan O’Hanlon

Career Highlights

Becoming the first T36 athlete to break the 5.50m barrier in long jump

Greatest Moment

Evan O’Hanlon breaking the 11-second barrier in the 100m sprint at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Bio

Brayden Davidson carved out a name for himself in Paralympic sport when he became the first T36 athlete to break the 5.50m barrier in long jump, and again the following year when he won Australia’s first gold medal in athletics at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Born with cerebral palsy, Brayden aspired to become a Paralympic rower. When his mum told him that he wasn’t built for the sport, he attended an APC Talent Search Day in 2011 in a bid to prove her wrong, where he was encouraged to compete in swimming and athletics.

Two years later ‘Braydo’ made his international debut at the 2013 IPC Para-athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, where he placed fourth in long jump, achieving a personal best of 5.00m. In 2014 he became a dual nationals silver medallist, and in 2015 his 5.51m world record qualified him for the IPC Para-athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Brayden looks to Australia’s most successful Paralympian, Adelaide boy Matt Cowdrey, and five-time Paralympic gold medallist, Evan O’Hanlon for inspiration. Brayden hopes his career takes a similar shape to Evan’s, who broke the 11-second barrier in the 100m sprint at Beijing 2008.

Before each event, Brayden sits down to analyse his competition. Obsessed with sports statistics, he researches his competitors’ times and other elements of their performance. On the track, Brayden shifts focus, looking upwards to acknowledge his late grandfather, who was the first to encourage him to take up Paralympic sport.

In 10 years’ time Brayden hopes to be a veteran of the Australian Paralympic Team and doing statistics and media work for major sporting events. He believes in the value of sharing knowledge and experience, and hopes to remain involved in Paralympic sport as a coach and mentor to emerging athletes.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Long Jump Classification: T36