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Acquired brain injury
Date of Birth
First Competed for Australia
Four gold medals at 2010 Underage Nationals, gold medal in long jump at 2010 Open Nationals, gold in 1500m and silver in 800m at 2011 Open Nationals
Winning gold in long jump and 1500m at Open Nationals
Describing himself as easy-going, motivated and willing to give anything a go, Daniel Berry’s talents extend across several sports.
Despite growing up in a sporting family, Daniel never excelled at sport before being diagnosed with a brain tumour at 16. This was due to unknown muscle weakness caused by his tumour. After that, Daniel took up swimming to aid in his recovery and his natural ability shone through. Two years after he was diagnosed, he attended an APC Paralympic Talent Search Day and was quickly guided into football and athletics.
Already a national representative in both sports, Daniel began his Australian career in 7-a-side football for athletes with cerebral palsy. Just a few months later, Daniel wore the green and gold for the first time at the CPISRA International Football Championships in the Netherlands. Scoring his first international goal during the tournament is one of the highlights of his blossoming sporting career.
Daniel loves to run and compete and has now turned his attention to athletics, particularly focusing on the 800m and 1500m as he aims for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He looked in fine fettle at the 2011 National Championships, winning gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m. But it was at the 2011 IPC World Championships where Daniel’s class shone through, breaking the Australian record in the 1500m in finishing seventh. He has since broken the Australian record in the 800m as well.
The up-coming star is currently completing a sports coaching and administration degree, ensuring a life of sport continues once he has retired from competition.
Away from the track, Daniel is a Young Ambassador for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and has almost completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: Long jump