Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Wheelchair Tennis
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Date of Birth
May 9, 1987
Rosebud, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

His coach and his family

Career Highlights

Winning the 2016 World Team Cup with Dylan Alcott


Having come out of a ten year hiatus from wheelchair tennis, Heath Davidson is back and ready to win gold at his first Paralympic Games in Rio.

Making his international debut earlier this year at the 2016 World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan, Heath proved he has what it takes to become a Paralympic legend when he and quad doubles partner Dylan Alcott dominated the court, to win Australia’s first ever World Team Cup.

A history making moment for Australian wheelchair tennis, Heath describes the win as his greatest sporting moment and his career highlight thus far, but also admits it has given him a taste of success and he’ll now set his expectations high for international tournaments moving forward.

Heath was just five months old when he contracted transverse myelitis, a neurological condition caused by inflammation across his spinal cord, which left him a paraplegic. A sports enthusiast from a young age, Heath began competing in wheelchair tennis at the age of 14, after being exposed to the sport during the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Although Heath did retire from sport for a decade to concentrate on other endeavours, Heath is thrilled to have come back at a high enough level to play at the pinnacle event of his sport, and says his selection is his childhood dream come true.

While he is confident he and Dylan have a shot at Paralympic glory together in the quad doubles event, Heath is most looking forward to being part of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team and supporting athletes across multiple sports as they aim to achieve their goals.

When training for Rio, Heath turns to Dylan for inspiration. He believes competing alongside his good friend and the world number one has been instrumental to his rapid rise, and he looks forward to learning more from him as he begins his burgeoning career.



Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Doubles Classification: Quad
  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: Quad