A promising ruckman for the Glenelg Tigers in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), Daniel Kirk was 30 when he suffered a permanent and debilitating ankle injury that ended his football career.

He compressed his right ankle and cartilage after landing on a stiff leg, and endured six operations over two years to try to repair the damage. While Daniel’s immediate plan was to work towards a return to the SANFL, but ongoing joint limitation and pain under load meant that it was not long before he appeared on the radar of Paralympics Australia’s legendary talent identification specialist, three-time Paralympian Tim Matthews. Even to an untrained eye, Daniel’s potential was apparent, and he was placed on the Para-athletics fast track in 2015.

After being overlooked for selection to the Australian Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Daniel made his international debut in 2017 at the World Para-athletics …

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Date of birth
23 November 1982
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Right ankle joint limitation
How acquired
Football injury
West Beach, SA
Sports scientist, keynote speaker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England

Greatest sporting moments

Playing in the 2008 SANFL Grand Final for the Glenelg Tigers, and representing Tasmania in Australian rules football in 2003

Heroes/role models

Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Dustin Fletcher, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady

Favourite quote
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying - Michael Jordan


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Discus throw Classification: F44

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