David started playing table tennis at the age of ten at his local club Crafthole, where his father coached, and soon progressed to the Plymouth League with Woolwell TTC.
David made his international debut in 2005 at the Norwegian Open and has represented ParalympicsGB in Bejing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
In Beijing he beat the home favourite and former champion in the first round on his way to reaching the last eight and his spectacular diving shot against his German opponent in London 2012 became a YouTube sensation, although he went on to lose the match.
Having reached the semi-finals in the European Championships in 2011, David was hoping to medal at the Europeans in 2013 but struggled to find his form in Italy and did not progress to the knockout stages. However, he finished the season on a positive note by taking gold in the class 6 singles at the Belgium Open.
David started 2014 by winning the class 6 National title and followed that with medals in Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia.
After taking time away from international competition to work on improvements to his game he returned in June 2015 at the Romania Open where he took gold in both singles and team events. He followed this with medals in Thailand and Korea and was selected for the European Championships in Denmark where he produced some great performances to take bronze in the singles and silver in the team event with Paul Karabardak.
At Rio 2016 David reached the quarter finals of the men’s singles event and, a year later, claimed a bronze medal at the World Team Championships in Slovakia.
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