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David Follett

David Follett

"Inspirational and educational"

David Follett is 29 years old and plays Para-Badminton for England. He has been playing Para-Badminton for nine years and has competed in three world championships in Guatemala in 2011, Dortmund in 2013, and Stoke Mandeville in 2015 - as well as going to other national and international competitions. This year he is travelling to Spain, Dubai, France, and Australia.

In April 2007 David suffered a Road Traffic Accident which left him with a Spinal Cord Injury at C6-C7. He is now paralysed from the shoulders down. After his accident he spent seven months in Salisbury Spinal Unit undergoing intense rehabilitation, before returning home in November 2007.

David lives in Broadclyst Exeter, with his wife Becky and his daughter Imogen. Last year was an amazing year for them as his wife gave birth to their daughter in August.

He has one-to-one coaching sessions with his coach, Susan Williams, at the Cranford Club in Exmouth 4 times a week. David is currently ranked number 18 in the world in his category and number 2 in England. He regularly attends a fitness instructor to help him with strength training.

In 2008 David helped set up the Devon Racqueteers Wheelchair Badminton club. The Devon Racqueteers is now the UK’s largest Wheelchair Badminton club. David is a Level 2 qualified Badminton coach. He travels to local schools and coaches Badminton as an after school club on a weekly basis. He also was very honoured to have been selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer, so he regularly attends schools and local groups and talks about his fantastic experience.

David is regularly out in the community conducting Motivational Talks about his life from school through living with a spinal cord injury and his achievements to date. David's talk is called "Tragedy to Triumph" and lasts about 1 hour - but can be altered to work for specific timings.

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