David Smith MBE

David was first introduced to Adaptive Rowing in 2009, via a BPA-run Paralympic Potential Day. He made his Paralympic debut in London.

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He first represented Great Britain at the 2009 Varese International Regatta in the Legs Trunks and Arms adaptive mixed Coxed Four (LTAMix4+) where he won gold on both days.  He raced in the same boat class for the Munich World Cup, winning gold.

David went on to win gold in the adaptive mixed Coxed Four at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan; this success was achieved by a crew with two rowers and the cox completely new to World Level rowing this year, David being one of those new members of the Adaptive squad in 2009.

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, David won gold in the LTA mixed Coxed Four with crewmates Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, James Roe and (cox), Lily van den Broecke.

In Munich at the first World Cup of 2011, David raced in one of two GB LTAMix4+ boats to take gold with Germany in 2nd and the other GB boat taking bronze.

At the final World Cup of the 2012 season in Munich, David raced in the LTA mixed Coxed Four, once again winning gold.

On his Paralympic debut at London 2012, David was part of the mixed Coxed Four which claimed gold with a time of 3:19.38.

David is a keen sportsman as he has previously competed for Great Britain in Karate (1993-1999) and Bobsleigh (2002-2008).

David graduated from the University of Bath with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Performance in 2009. 

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, David was awarded a MBE.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2012 Munich World Cup, Munich, Germany
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2011 World Rowing Championships, Bled, Slovenia
  • LTAMix4+: gold
  • 2009 World Rowing Championships, Poznan, Poland
  • LTAMix4+: gold



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