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Rob Davis


Rob Davies is a Welsh Paralympic table tennis player. Davies, who has played table tennis competitively since 2007, was selected for the 2012 Paralympic Games. After winning the 2013 European Championship title in both singles and team events, he was named world number 1 in the class-1 category.

Davies was born in Abergavenny in 1984. He has a twin brother, Richard. A semi-professional rugby player, Davies played at hooker for Brecon RFC. In September 2005, while playing in a home game against Ynysybwl RFC, a collapsed scrum left him with a broken neck. He was air-lifted to hospital by a helicopter, which half an hour earlier had rescued his twin brother from a road accident. Davies was treated at the University Hospital of Wales where he was initially informed that he would not recover movement in his legs and arms. After moving to Rockwood, a specialist spinal unit in Llandaff, he regained some use in his arms and hands. During his rehabilitation he met Welsh table tennis player Sara Head who introduced him to the sport.

Davies, who plays with the paddle strapped to his hand, joined the Great Britain team in 2007, competing in class 1 single events, and class 1-2 team events. In 2011 he competed in the British table tennis open and took the gold in the Men's Single class 1 category. That same year he entered the European Championships in Split, Croatia. He and fellow British player Paul Davies took the silver medal in the class 1 Men's Team competition. In 2012 he represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Rob was one of the Foundation's first beneficiaries having met Matt a couple of times in the past we knew of his progress as a table tennis player and have helped with some equipment over the years.


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