Having been diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 17, Young Epilepsy is a cause close to Dai’s heart. It’s why Dai became an Ambassador for the charity.
Dai hasn’t let epilepsy get in the way of his career as a 400m hurdler and 2011 was a particularly big year for him. Dai ran a brilliant race to win Britain’s first gold medal of the World Championships in South Korea in September, adding the world crown to his European and Commonwealth titles.
But even this did not prepare him for the honour of being shortlisted for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
When I won my World Championships Gold, I didn’t think I’d be on the shortlist. It’s a fantastic feeling.
Dai also had a message for everyone involved with Young Epilepsy. He offered “a big thank you” to everyone at the charity and said:
I’ve been working with Young Epilepsy for a little while now and it is fantastic that you are supporting me.
Dai didn’t win the BBC award but said he felt the main aim of the ceremony was to celebrate sporting success.
It’s great to be recognised as one of top ten and to have my sporting achievements looked at as something significant.
And what of the future? Dai kindly offered Young Epilepsy a special message:
Good luck to everyone for 2012. I hope it brings you everything you want – and that it brings me an Olympic Gold!