Gold medal Paralympian visits Netley

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David Smith, Paralympic Boccia champion, visits Netley Waterside House.

Eastleigh-born Rio Paralympic gold medallist David Smith visited Revitalise Netley Waterside House today, Friday 30 September.

David, who won Boccia gold in Rio, enjoyed gold medal-themed drinks on arrival, followed by a celebratory lunch at Netley Waterside House in the company of the centre’s guests, volunteers and staff.

David then went on to answer questions about his Paralympic experiences in Beijing, London and Rio and posed for pictures with his Paralympic medals. The day culminated in a friendly game of Boccia, in which David showcased his medal-winning technique.

David won a gold medal in the BC1 mixed individual Boccia event at the Rio Paralympics, beating the Dutchman Daniel Perez 5-0 to claim the title. His gold in Rio adds to the gold he won in Beijing and the silver and bronze he won in London.

David is an Honorary Ambassador of Revitalise, which provides respite breaks in a holiday environment for disabled people and carers.

Commenting on his visit to Netley Waterside House, David said:

“I’ve had a really great time at Netley, playing Boccia and chatting with the guests about my experiences in the Rio Paralympics. Achieving gold is something I will never forget and it was great to see so many of the guests having fun and getting involved in a sport that I am so passionate about.”

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