David Smith wins Gold in Rio

Former Alton College student David Smith has won boccia gold at the Paralympics in Rio. Having won team gold in Beijing in 2008 and both individual silver and team bronze in London 2012, individual gold in Rio completes the set.

David, previously at Treloar College, was born with cerebral palsy and was introduced to the game of boccia at the age of six. He was world champion by the time he was 18. Having achieved a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University he returned to the Paralympics this year hoping to go one better than London four years ago, and succeeded. ParalympicsGB finished the games second in the medal table with a total of 147 medals, 64 of which were gold. Only one medal was won by Team in GB in boccia, David’s gold! The final medal table can be viewed here 

Whilst at Alton College, David studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics and PE and is described by Dr David Lynch, Curriculum Manager for Maths, as having ‘a near permanent smile.’ He added: ‘David’s determination and enthusiasm has clearly helped him win his second gold and fourth Paralympic Medal.’

Highlights of David’s final match can be viewed here 

Treloar College also celebrated David's success on Facebook.

Photo (c) ParalympicsGB