Boccia player Dan Michel is a Paralympic champion in the making.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Dan became the first Australian athlete to compete in boccia at the Paralympic Games in 16 years. Although he absorbed as much experience as he could, he has always been focused on winning a Paralympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Dan’s relentless pursuit is evident to all those around him and his improvement as a player is matched only by his desire to turn his dream of Paralympic glory into reality.

In an unbelievable start to his international career, Dan first represented Australia at the 2013 BISFed Asia and Oceania Boccia Championships in Sydney, NSW, where he placed fifth in the mixed individual BC3 and qualified for the 2014 BISFed Boccia World Championships in Beijing, China. An international debut is a major life event for anyone, but for Dan, that …

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Date of birth
18 August 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
How acquired
Cronulla, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the mixed individual BC3 at the 2017 BISFed World Open in Kansas, USA

Greatest sporting moments

Being a part of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony

Heroes/role models

His mum

Favourite quote
"Much effort, much prosperity" - Euripides


  • Sport: Boccia Discipline: Individual Classification: BC3

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