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 a Paralympics Australia 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 …

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Date of birth
25 October 1997
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

How acquired
Woodcroft, SA
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

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

Heroes/role models

Matt Cowdrey and Evan O’Hanlon


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

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