Daniel is a former VFL/SANFL footballer who played 129 games representing Tasmania Devils FC and Glenelg Tigers FC from 2003-2012. In 2012 Daniel suffered a career ending injury, severely damaging his ankle. After 6 unsuccessful operations across 2 years Daniel, was left with a permanent impairment in ankle function and unable to return to able bodied sport.
Over the next few years Daniel went through a challenging time of self reflection as he was forced to live with constant pain, physical limitations and a readjusted outlook on his identity and future. During this time Daniel discovered the value of perseverance, gratitude and finding our purpose. With the support of his friends and family, Daniel was able to re-evaluate what was important and find a new purpose in life.
In 2015 Daniel was fortunate to discover a new purpose in Para Athletics, pursuing a career as a Discus Thrower. Daniel began to realise his potential after medalling at his first National Championship that same year.
In 2017 he made his Australian Team debut representing our country 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. He also competed in the shot put finishing 5th in the world.
Daniel’s goal is to compete for a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, along with the 2019 and 2021 Para Athletic World Championships.
His passion is to bring people closer together through sports working in a social inclusion and athlete welfare role.