Aled spent a lot of time doing hydrotherapy in his early years, to help strengthen his affected limb. This led to him becoming a strong swimmer and ignited his competitive spark for the first time, swimming competitively against other para-swimmers and able bodied athletes.
In 2005, Aled attended an Athletics Talent I.D. event which tested and analysed athletes physical attributes to match with suitable events. Rowing and cycling were initially identified as the optimum events for Aled’s attributes but he overlooked these to pursue track and field, in particular, the throwing events. A year later, Aled was scouted by Disability Sport Wales before going on to take Gold in the Disability World Championships in Taiwan, despite only being 16 years old. This result boosted Aled into the qualification rankings for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics but his young age meant he was not selected. Frustrated and upset, this omission served to motivate Aled to show the world his emerging ability.
To enable Aled to compete at his highest level, Orthotix and Dacey Ltd trialled various orthotic devices before settling on a Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO). These are not only designed to stabilise and support the ankle and lower limb, but to also stabilise the knee joint. Incorporating steel side members and lockable knee joints, the brace could be unlocked to help with sitting, and crucially locked to fully immobilise the leg and allow for full dynamic weight transfer.