Brayden Davidson was arguably one of the most unexpected gold medallists of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

His introduction to the world of Paralympic sport came in 2011 when, in a stroke of luck for the as yet unimagined 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, Brayden attended a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day, in a bid to prove to his mum that he had what it took to be the next big star in Para-rowing. Instead, it was his Para-athletics potential that caught the attention of Australia’s talent identification specialists.

Brayden made his international debut two years later at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, and won his first medal – a bronze – at the 2015 edition in Doha, Qatar.

Of course, with this level of success, Brayden was always a chance of reaching the podium at the 2016 Paralympic Games – but, having only just …

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Date of birth
25 October 1997
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Woodcroft, SA
Swimming instructor, student
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s long jump T36 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Watching an Australian break the 11-second barrier in the men’s 100m T38 final at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Matt Cowdrey

Favourite quote
Dream, believe, succeed


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long jump Classification: T36

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