Shot put and discus supremo, Aled Davies, MBE, who won gold at the 2012 Olympics, as well as setting new world records, is aiming to scale new heights with the help of Cardiff orthotics company, Ace Feet in Motion.
Discus champ Aled set to scale new heights
Para-athlete, Aled, 22, is hoping to beat his own world records when he competes at the Commonwealth Games later this year – and to do that he needs a state-of-the-art brace to support his leg. Aled, who was born with a congenital malformation of the foot, explains. “I have been sponsored by Ace throughout my sporting career, but the original brace they made for me is now outmoded. With all the training and competing I have been doing, I am now two stone heavier than before, so I need a new bespoke brace to support my sporting ambitions.” “Just as blade technology has moved on in the case of track athletes, things have moved on in terms of brace equipment too, and the new one made by Ace is far stronger and more rigid, helping to keep my leg in the perfect position for competing,” he adds. Steve Hunt, orthotics services manager for Ace Feet in Motion on Sanatorium Road says, “I have worked with the bio-mechanics team here to create a system that supports Aled perfectly, and will also help prevent injuries. He won gold at the London Olympics despite having picked up an injury, but we don’t want him to have any future problems, as we are keen for him to fly high at the Commonwealth Games.” Aled, who lives in Cardiff, says that the last few years have been a whirlwind, having moved from junior success to immediate success in adult competitions, the Olympic gold medal and world record highlights, plus the awarding of an MBE. “I guess I have proved to myself that it is not a fluke,” he laughs. “Now my aim is to push the boundaries further, and thanks to Ace, I will be able to give it my best shot.”