David Hill - Swimming & Triathlon

Paralympian
World & Bronze Medallist
British Champion

David was brought up living beside the sea and his parents were eager for him and his sister to learn to swim at a young age. Despite being born with no left forearm, by the age of 3 David was earning swimming badges and he entered his first competition aged 8.

His talent was soon spotted and, at the age of 12, David was offered a scholarship to Kelly College Boarding School to combine his education and sporting commitments. After just 3 years there under the wing of Robin Brew, a former Olympian, David qualified for the 2004 Paralympic Games and at 15 was the youngest Team GB athlete.

David’s swimming career has spanned over ten years at the highest level, and he has competed at both European and World Championships, where he obtained numerous records and international medals. In 2009 he won two bronze medals at the World Championships and another at the European Championships that year.

David has recently transitioned into Paralympic Triathlon (ParaTriathlon), a discipline where he has showed his potential to excel, finishing Top British Athlete at the European Championship in the TRI 4 category in June 2013 and following that up as the British Champion in 2014. 

David was always encouraged by his parents to follow his dreams and not let his disability hold him back and he is keen to inspire the next generation of young people to do the same.

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