My name is David Follett I'm 32years old and I play Para - Badminton for England. I have been playing Para- Badminton for ten years and have 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 I am aiming to compete in Spain, Dubai, Brazil, Japan and Ireland.
In April 2007 I suffered a Road Traffic Accident which left me with a Spinal Cord Injury at C6-C7. I am now paralysed from the chest down. After my accident I spent seven months in Salisbury Spinal Unit undergoing intense rehabilitation, before returning home in November 2007.
I live in Broadclyst Exeter, with my wife Becky and our two children, Imogen (4) and Maizy (2).
I have one-to-one coaching sessions with my coach, Susan Williams, at the Cranford Club in Exmouth 4 times a week. I am currently ranked number 16 in the world in my category and number 1 in England. I regularly attend a fitness instructor to help me with strength training.
In 2008 I helped set up the Devon Racqueteers Wheelchair Badminton club. The Devon Racqueteers is now the UK’s largest Wheelchair Badminton club.
I am a Level 2 qualified Badminton coach. I travel to local schools and coach Badminton as an after school club on a weekly basis. I was also very honored to have been selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer, so I regularly attend schools and local groups and talk about my fantastic experience.