My name is David Follett I'm 30years old and I play Para - Badminton for England. I have been playing Para- Badminton for eight 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 travelling to Dubai, Japan, Canada, China and Australia. I am also travelling to Switzerland for the World Championships in August.
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 1 year old Daughter Imogen Alice.
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 22 in the world in my category and number 2 in England. I also have sessions each week in Wellington.
I regulary 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 also was 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.