Aled Siôn Davies MBE
Sport award 2018 winner
Aled Siôn Davies is the triple world champion and double Paralympic gold medal winner for discus and shot put from Bridgend who has proved to be an inspirational role model for young people from Wales and the world - both as world champion athlete and as a young man who has dealt positively with disability.
Aled was born in Bridgend in 1991 with a combined disability of Talipese and Hemi-hemilia in his right leg. Due to his disability, Aled has extremely limited functionality in his right leg. Growing up in a sports-loving family, Aled has been involved in sport from a young age and has never let his disability hold him back. In 2005 Aled was invited to Cardiff by Federation of Disability Sport Wales to try out athletics with a group of elite paralympians.
It was during this practice session that Aled first picked up a shot put and discus and he instantly showed a natural talent for throwing. For the first time in his life, Aled was competing on an equal playing field and found himself thriving in this new environment. He went on to win a gold and bronze medal at that London 2012 Paralympic Games and a gold at the Rio games in 2016.
He set a new world record of 17.52m to win gold in the F42 shot put at the 2017 London World Para-athletics Championships. Having already claimed gold in the F42 discus, this is the third time in succession the 26 year old Welshman has triumphed in both events at the competition.