For Queensland-born Paralympian Daniel Fitzgibbon, who now lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Para-sailing was a natural choice.

After realising his dream of winning a Paralympic medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Daniel set his eyes on a new goal – Paralympic gold. To do this, he needed a winning partnership, and found it in wheelchair basketball player Liesl Tesch.

Following the 2008 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, in which Liesl starred, Daniel contacted her about a potential move to Para-sailing. They began training together in 2011 and found success soon after, winning gold in the two-person keelboat (SKUD18) at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, for which they were named Paralympics Australia’s Team of the Year alongside the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers.

Two world titles followed, and Daniel and Liesl steeled themselves for a dogfight to defend their Paralympic crown at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There was …

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Date of birth
15 June 1976
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Sailing accident
Mona Vale, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the two-person keelboat (SKUD18) at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

John Bertrand, Hugh Treharne

Favourite quote
You either have to be part of the solution, or you're going to be part of the problem - Eldridge Cleaver


  • Sport: Para-sailing Discipline: Two-person keelboat (SKUD18) Classification: TPA

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