We love receiving photos of all your medals and each month our favourite will earn a free Medal Display and be featured in our Athlete Spotlight!
This month we feature Brayden Davidson, who overcame all obstacles and realized his life-long dream, representing Australia in the Paralympic Games!
Brayden was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at four years old. He has always loved sport but unfortunately, growing up with a disability meant he was often bullied & always picked last for team sports because he wasn't strong enough or fast enough.
After a particularly bad day at school Brayden visited his Nana, who told him that if he kept doing his sports despite the hurdles and if he tried hard enough he could go to the Paralympics. That day a dream was born.
At 13 years old, Brayden went to a "Come'n'Try" day for para-athletics. Just two weeks later he competed at his first state championships, then a few weeks after that at the National Championships. It was at the Nationals where Brayden won bronze in Long Jump and silver in the 200m. He hasn't looked back since.
In 2013, at just 15 years old Brayden represented Australia for the first time at the IPC Open World Championships, finishing fourth behind competitors much older than him.
In 2015, Brayden really started to make an impact on the world scene, setting a new world record for T36 Long Jump in April before claiming the bronze medal at the IPC World Championships in September.
In prime position on his Medal Display is Brayden's Gold Medal from the Paralympic Games in Rio last year! Not only did he win gold in the T36 Long Jump, he also set a new Paralympic Record of 5.62m.
Brayden's Mum, Gail, says "his hard work, commitment and 'never give up' attitude has paid off. Dream Believe Achieve!"
Brayden's story is so inspirational. Next time someone close to you says you can achieve something truly great, don't just brush it off, think why not!
You can check out Brayden's full bio over at the Australian Paralympic Committee's site - https://www.paralympic.org.au/athlete/brayden-davidson/
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Plus, you never know who you might inspire!
We're super excited about this as we know that behind every collection of medals is an awesome story!