Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Tennis
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Date of Birth
May 9, 1987
Home
Rosebud, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2001
First Competed for Australia
2016
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Dylan Alcott

Career Highlights

Winning the 2016 ITF World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan alongside Dylan Alcott

Greatest Moment

Winning gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Bio

Having returned from a 10-year hiatus just over a year out from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Heath Davidson proved that he had what it takes to become a Paralympic legend when he and quad doubles partner Dylan Alcott combined the 2016 ITF World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

A history-making moment for Australian wheelchair tennis, Heath ranks the win among the highlights of his career to date, giving him his first taste of international success and the motivation he needed heading into Rio 2016.

Confident he and Dylan had a shot at Paralympic glory together in the quad doubles tournament, Heath starred throughout, first with a commanding 1-6, 4-6 win over Japanese pairing Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi.

After defeating Great Britain’s Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-final, Heath and Dylan strung together an impressive come-from-behind win over reigning champions, US duo Nick Taylor and David Wagner to win gold.

Rosebud local Heath also impressed in singles competition, being knocked out of semi-final contention by silver medallist Andy.

Thrilled to return to wheelchair tennis after first discovering it at 14, Heath, who became a paraplegic after contracting transverse myelitis when he was five-months-old, is most inspired by doubles partner Dylan, recognising the impact the triple Paralympic gold medallist has had on his own success.

Sports & Disciplines

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