David Smith

David Smith Beijing 2008 Paralympics Boccia

On his Paralympic debut, David was part of the gold medal winning BC1/BC2 Team in Beijing.

  • Events:
    Boccia, Swimming
  • Home Town:
    Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Lives:
  • Trains:
    Swansea Boccia Club
  • Date Of Birth:
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08

David learnt how to play Boccia at Treloars College in Hampshire. Aged 14, he became the youngest ever player to secure the title of British Champion and he was crowned World Champion at the age of 18.

At London 2012, David was reunited with his BC1/BC2 team-mates from Beijing. Playing alongside Nigel Murray, Dan Bentley and Zoe Robinson, the quartet faced tough competition to defend their Paralympic title but succeeded in winning bronze.

In the Individual BC1, David won his second medal of the Games by claiming silver.

"All I wanted at this Paralympics was to be the best I can be."David Smith

Outside of Paralympic competition, David’s achievements include winning the Individual BC1 gold at the 2011 Europa Cup in Hamar, Norway, the Individual BC1 gold at the 2009 European Championships in Porto, Portugal and the Individual BC1 gold at the 2007 World Cup in Vancouver, Canada. He has also remained unbeaten for seven years at English Nationals and GB Championships.

In Team events, David won bronze at the 2011 World Cup in Belfast, Northern Ireland, silver at the 2009 European Championships in Porto, Portugal, bronze at the 2006 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and gold at the 2007 World Cup, Vancouver, Canada.

David is currently based at Swansea University where he is studying Aerospace Engineering, with a particular interest in World War II aircraft.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • Individual BC1: silver
    BC1/BC2 Team: bronze
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • BC1/BC2 Team: gold
  • 2013 European Championships, Guiaraes, Portugal
  • BC1: gold
    BC1 Team: gold
  • 2012 London Boccia Invitiational Test Event, London, UK
  • Individual BC1: gold
    BC1/BC2 Team: bronze
  • 2011 Europa Cup, Hamar, Norway
  • Individual BC1: gold
  • 2011 World Cup, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Individual BC1: 4th
    BC1/BC2 Team: bronze
  • 2009 European Championships, Porto, Portugal
  • Individual BC1: gold
    BC1/BC2 Team: silver


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