As a Sydney northern beaches resident with a Queensland heritage, it’s unsurprising that sailing is three-time Paralympian Daniel Fitzgibbon’s sport of choice. Having raced boats his entire life, Daniel made his international debut in 2000, three years after becoming a quadriplegic in a sailing accident, and in 2004 he won gold at the IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Melbourne in the single-person dinghy event. As the 2004 Queensland Sailor of the Year moved closer to realising his dream of winning a Paralympic medal, he partnered with Rachael Cox in the 2-person keelboat. On their silver medal win at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, Daniel said: “Being on the podium was awesome, seeing the Australian flag was great, but hearing the American anthem was terrible. It was an empty feeling and just wasn’t our moment, and that spurred me on to make it our moment.” Impressed with Paralympic wheelchair… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Private: Sailing
How acquired
Sailing accident
Date of Birth
June 15, 1976
Mona Vale, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016


John Bertrand and Hugh Treharne

Career Highlights

Winning gold at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Private: Sailing Disciplines: 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) Classification: TPA