Kyle Davis is a table tennis player and Olympian who was awarded a Scholarship within the 2009 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, he was paired with Todd Woodbridge OAM as his Mentor.
Kyle was born in Victoria in 1989 and began competing at Werribee as an as eight-year-old. He won his first national junior title at age 10 and belied his age throughout his short career, in which he was Victorian Junior Male Player of the Year five times, and Australian Junior Male Player of the Year three times.
Kyle claimed the U14 title in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles at national level in 2002. He then made his debut for Australia at the Oceania Championships and won the U14 singles and U18 Doubles.
Kyle was the first player in the world to compete in three consecutive World Cadet (U15) Challenges – 2002, 2003 and 2004. He concurrently held 4 national singles titles in 2004 for U14, U16, U18 and U21.
In 2007, Kyle won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Championships and bronze at the Australian Championships in the senior division and was named Table Tennis Victoria’s Open Male Player of the Year.
Following the Olympic Games in 2008, Kyle suffered major hip issues, and despite five major reconstructions over the next two years and almost constant rehab, he was forced to retire in 2010, at the age of 21.
During Kyle’s Scholarship experience, which was mostly spent in rehab, he was supported tremendously by the Victorian Institute of Sport and his Sport Australia Hall of Fame Member and Hero, Peter Hudson AM. Peter provided valuable motivational support to Kyle as he battled his hip issues.
Kyle went on to coach national juniors and completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and then a Masters of Management (Finance) at the Melbourne Business School.
Honours & Achievements
- 2004: Debuted in the Australian Men’s Team at 15 years old.
- 2006: World Junior Championships – Round 16 (singles) and 10th (teams).
- 2007: Australian Championships – Silver (Men’s Singles).
- 2007: Commonwealth Championships – Bronze.
- 2007: Table Tennis Victoria’s Open Male Player of the Year.
- 2008: Beijing Olympic Games – Australian Representative.
- 2008: World Championships – 43rd (Australian Men’s Team 43rd).
- 2009: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.