Epilepsy and Sport – Dai Greene
We had invited David “Dai” Greene to attend the Roundtable Discussion on Epilepsy and Sport but unfortunately he can’t attend. Dai is a busy man and no doubt he is training vigorously, with the Olympics resting in the back of his mind. Dai Greene has won Commonwealth, European and World championship gold medals and surely an Olympic gold medal is all that is needed to complete the set and in so doing, enter the record books as one of Britain’s finest ever athletes.
Greene is hotly tipped for gold at the 2012 Olympics in London but what makes this even more remarkable is his battle against epilepsy. In 2006 he had a seizure in the airport on his way home from the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Afterwards he made the difficult decision to come off the drugs prescribed to keep his condition in check because ” I’d come to realise that I wasn’t going to make it to the top of athletics while I was on it“.
There is a fantastic interview in the Guardian where Greene talks openly about his battle with epilepsy, available here.
Greene specialises in the 400 metre hurdles, a gruelling event that requires a phenomenal amount of hard work and dedication. Usain Bolt was once a 400 metre specialist but gave it up because the training was “too hard“. It was Sally Gunnell who made the 400 metre hurdles famous around these shores by winning gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
We wish Dai all the best for the 2012 Olympics. He is a shining example of what can be achieved with ambition, graft, effort and determination.
Dai Greene winning gold at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, 2011.