Going for Gold: Heath Davidson has never let his disability hold him back

Heath Davidson isn’t your typical 30 year old. He has achieved more than many dream of achieving in a lifetime – from World Team Cup doubles title in 2016  to winning the Men’s Quad Doubles gold medal at Rio and the doubles at the 2018 Australian Open.

One is for sure, Heath Davidson isn’t going to let his disability define his ability.

We met Heath in March 2015, just after he ended a ten-year hiatus from the tennis world. He was more motivated than ever before to succeed on the global stage alongside his wheelchair tennis doubles partner Dylan Alcott, but being a realist, he also knew that this was going to be tough.

He knew that it wasn’t a sure thing. So to back himself he looked at what courses he could do to compliment his passion for wheelchair tennis. – Monique Coates, Campbell Page Job Support Officer

After some consultation, Heath decided that a Fitness Diploma at Sage Institute of Fitness was the right path for him. Soon after enrolling, Heath qualified to compete in the World Team Cup in Japan, where he claimed his first title on an international stage, with his wheelchair tennis doubles partner, Dylan Alcott.  Following his success in Japan, he partnered with Alcott again in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where the pair won gold for Australia in doubles wheelchair tennis.

Upon his return to Australia, the team in the Rosebud office were so excited to see Heath. Once the congratulations were said, Heath was eager to get back to work on how he could link his international success as a wheelchair tennis player to a career once he hangs up the racket. A big thing for Heath was also being able to help remove the stigma around disabilities and encourage and inspire others to work hard to reach their goals no matter what stands in their way.

It was at this point that Heath decided that Public Speaking could be a great route for him because it would allow him to share his story of detmination and drive to succeed. – Ken Sheppard, Campbell Page Disability Employment Services (DES) Employment Consulatant

Just this year, Heath competed in the 2018 Australian Open in both the singles and doubles wheelchair tennis competitions. He took out the doubles title with Alcott. Heath is currently a member of the Australian Institue of Sport and was recently announced as a top 5 wheelchair tennis player in the world and featured in an ANZ nationwide advertisement.

Heath is still currently a customer at Campbell Page and when he is available, he is always prepared to work hard to reach his next goals.

Congratulations on all of your successes Heath. We cannot wait to see what great thing you achieve next!

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Disability Employment Services team work with people who have a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition to help them find great jobs and a brighter future. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison


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