After selection to the Scottish Junior Volleyball team, mainstream in 1979, David commenced his Disability/Paralympic Standing Volleyball campaign in Holland at the European Championships at the age of 16, and returned 12 months later for the Paralympics in Arnhem in 1980.
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This playing career lasted for the next 20 years, with his final World Championships being 1999. On 2 ocassions Paralympic Bronze medals were so close, with several match points slipping away in the 1984 Bronze medal match with France. Bronze at world and European level was achieved, with MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards at 4 different tournaments.
In the 1990s, in the early days of ParalympicGB and the International Paraympic Committee, David became one the the early campaigners for athlete advocacy, and served on the Athletes Committee of both Organisations from 1992 - 2000.
He has also been a ParalympicsGB Director for 2 periods during the 90s and led the liaison/partnerships with the British Olympic Associations Athlete Commission and the International Olympic Committees Athlete Commission.
In 2000, after retiral from competition, David took up a position with the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee, and since then has worked in the planning and operation of major international sporting events throughout the world, in the field of event transportation.
He is now based in Maryland in the United States, but works takes him around the globe.