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David Roberts CBE

David Roberts CBE is the greatest male Paralympian the UK has ever produced. His Gold medal tally equals that of Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Sarah Storey, a joint record for the most Paralympic titles ever won by a British athlete.

Dave is a professional disabled swimmer who represents Caerphilly County Swim Squad, Wales and Great Britain. He previously trained at the Swansea High Performance Centre at the Wales National Pool in Swansea but now trains with Caerphilly County Swim Squad with his new coach Peter Key. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age eleven and was encouraged to participate in swimming activities as a form of physical therapy.

Dave first represented Wales at the age of 13 with his first major competition for Great Britain coming at the 1999 European Disabled swimming Championships in Braunschweig, Germany where he won all four of his races. His International Paralympic Committee (IPC) swimming category is S7 SB7 SM7.

David took part in the 2000 Sydney paralympics and become an instant hit winning 3 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze medal. He then went to the 2004 Athens games and better his gold tally in Sydney by winning four gold medals in the 50m, 100m, 400m and the 4 x 100 metres relay, he also went on to win a silver in the 200 metre individual medley.

His achievements at the 2000 and 2004 Paralympics, alongside his previous successes for Great Britain, earned David a MBE for his services to disabled sport in the Queen's New Year's Honours. He received his award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in March 2005. He also made it onto the shortlist of the 2004 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award which was won by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Dave won four gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games taking the S7 50 m, 100 m and 400 m freestyle events, he was part of the gold medal winning Great Britain 34 point 4×100 m freestyle relay team that broke the world record by seven seconds. Other members of the team were Graham Edmunds, Robert Welbourn and Matthew Walker.

After winning four golds in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, David was selected to carry out the British flag at the closing ceremony. He was nominated for the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Awards for the second time in December 2008.

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Dave was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. He received his CBE from Princess Anne in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday June 24, 2009.

David was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Cardiff on June 5, 2009

In March this year he addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva on London 2012 and the rights of people with disabilities.

As a public speaker, Dave is unrivalled in his story from a local swimmer to one of the greatest Paralympians of all time.  His stories of all that he has overcome throughout his career is truly inspiring and has served as a great motivator to ensure that he has reached the top of his sport.

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