Having returned from a decade’s long hiatus just over a year out from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Heath Davidson proved that he had what it took to become one of the best wheelchair tennis players in the world when he and quad doubles partner Dylan Alcott combined to win the 2016 International Tennis Federation World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

Not only was it a history-making moment for Australian wheelchair tennis, but it gave Heath his first taste of international success and the motivation he needed to push towards Rio.

In Rio, Heath and Dylan were dynamic. They began their quad doubles campaign with a commanding 1-4, 4-6 win over Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN), and ended it with a brilliant come-from-behind win over reigning Paralympic champs Nick Taylor and David Wagner (USA) to take gold. In recognition of their incredible feat, Heath and Dylan were named joint …

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Date of birth
8 May 1987
Sport
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Residence
Langwarrin, VIC
Occupation
Athlete, motivational speaker
Started competing
2001
First competed for Australia
2016
Sport career highlights

Defeating Bryan Barten (USA) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round of the quad singles at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning a gold medal in the quad doubles at Rio 2016 and back-to-back quad doubles titles at the 2018 and 2019 Australian Opens

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley, Roger Federer, Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin

Favourite quote
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us - Marianne Williamson

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Doubles Classification: Quad
  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Quad

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