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Rhys Davies

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Manufacturer
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming seriously in about 2014, when he was involved in triathlon.

General interest

Hobbies
Running, car mechanics and engineering. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the multi-classification 100m backstroke at the 2018 British Summer Championships in Sheffield, England. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His older sister Nia. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the In Aid of Our NHS [National Health Service] Heroes Award from British Swimming. The award recognised his volunteer work helping healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. (British Swimming Twitter profile, 11 Dec 2020; tivysideadvertiser.co.uk, 15 Dec 2020)
Other sports
He competed in aquathlon at the 2018 European Championships in Ibiza, Spain, and has been a member of Aberporth Junior Rowing Club in Wales. (tivysideadvertiser.co.uk, 14 Jan 2019)
Famous relatives
His older sister Nia Davies represented Wales in rugby union at the 2014 World Cup in France. (tivysideadvertiser.co.uk, 14 Jan 2019; ultimaterugby.com, 31 Jan 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works for a boat building business in Wales. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, his employers asked staff to do volunteer hours supporting local hospitals and care homes, and he helped produce around 10,000 personal protective visors. "I was only too pleased to help people who have worked wonders during the pandemic." (britishswimming.org, 04 Dec 2020; tivysideadvertiser.co.uk, 15 Dec 2020)