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Diver Davis defies disabilities

Swim England South East Awards regional president Jane Davies presenting award to Matthew Davis

Swim England South East Awards regional president Jane Davies presenting award to Matthew Davis

Matt White Sub

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:00

A DETERMINED young man, who doctors said would never walk or talk, has defied his disabilities to learn how to dive.
Matthew Davis, 24, of Newport, has ataxic cerebral palsy, meaning he has very little muscle tone and is prone to falls.
He also has epilepsy, dyspraxia and an autistic condition known as pathological demand avoidance (PDA), which in simple terms, means he never takes no for an answer.
Despite everything, Matthew showed from an early age he wasn’t prepared to be beaten, and by the time he was five, he had learned how to walk, following a gruelling physiotherapy programme.
Nearly 20 years on, he is still beating the odds, and took up diving after being inspired by Tom Daley at the London Olympics in 2012.
He started at the The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex, Southampton, in 2015, and has quickly progressed from a one-metre board to jumping off three-metre springboards and head first from five metres.
His achievements were recently recognised at the Swim England South East Awards, where he won Disabled Participant of the Year.
Matthew, who has lost four stone by keeping fit at West Wight Sports and Community Centre, is now in the running for a national award, with the ceremony taking place in Birmingham next month.
His dad, Paul, said: “He really is an amazing lad.
“Watching him dive can be very nerve-wracking but it’s a massive achievement.”
Matthew Davis training

Matthew Davis training.

 


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