Daniel a former VFL/SANFL footballer who played 129 games representing Tasmania Devils FC and Glenelg Tigers FC from 2003-2012. In 2012 he suffered a career ending
injury, severely damaging my ankle when landing awkwardly. After 6 unsuccessful operations across 2 years, he was left with a permanent impairment in ankle function and unable to return to able bodied sport. Over the next few years he went through a challenging time of self reflection and was forced to live with constant pain, physical limitations and a readjusted outlook on my
identity and future. During this time he discovered the value of perseverance, gratitude and finding our purpose. With the support of his close friends and family, he was able to re-
evaluate what was important and find a new purpose in life.
In 2015 he was fortunate to discover a new purpose in Para Athletics, pursuing a career as a Discus Thrower. He then began to recognize his potential after winning a Bronze medal at his first National Championship that same year. This was followed by Silver medal’s in 2016 and 2017 respectively along with a Gold medal at the 2018 Australian National Athletic Championship.
In 2017 he made his Australian Team debut representing Australia at the 2017 Para-athletic World Championship in London. At this event he broke the Australian and Oceania record in
the F44 Discus with a throw of 52.61m, finishing 7th in the world. In London he also competed in the Shot-put finishing 5th in the world.
Daniel’s career goal is to compete for a medal at the 2019 World Para Athletic Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Over the last 3+ years he has built a strong team of talented coaches and service providers that are now sharing this journey with him, and enabling him to have every chance of achieving his goals. Outside of competition His passion is to bring people closer together through sport working in a social inclusion and athlete welfare role.