Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: Athens 2004, Atlanta 1996, Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000
Medal won: Gold, Silver
Para sport: Para athletics
Gender: Male
EthnicityNZ European
Date of Birth30 September 1958
OccupationSenior sports advisor
Impairment (Disability)Quadriplegic

Dave was a top New Zealand basketballer, the first kiwi to play in the Australian National League and received a scholarship to play in the USA. After his accident, David returned to New Zealand and started to coach basketball while competing in Para athletics, particularly Pentathlon. Dave qualified to compete to the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, but his preferred event got cancelled only 6 weeks before the start of the competition and he was offered to compete in Javelin instead. He competed at 3 further Paralympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 where he won a silver and a gold medal in Javelin, as well as a gold medal in Pentathlon. Dave now works as Senior Sports Adviser for the Halberg Foundation.

Dave officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Tauranga in July 2019.

Paralympic results

1996Atlanta 1996 Paralympic GamesSilver Men's Javelin F51
2000Sydney 2000 Paralympic GamesGold Men's Javelin F52
Gold Men's Pentathlon P53