Having been born with spinal muscular atrophy type 2, a condition primarily characterised by muscle weakness, Daniel Michel never had the opportunity to participate in sport. However, after attending a Muscular Dystrophy NSW camp as a 15-year-old, his talent for boccia was recognised immediately by its program director, Peter King, who encouraged him to pursue it at its highest level. Just two years later, Daniel competed at his first international competition, the 2013 BISFed Asia Oceania Championships, where he progressed to the quarter-finals, and in 2016 he and his ramp assistant, Ashlee McClure, made their Paralympic debut at the Games in Rio. As the first Australian athlete to compete in boccia since 2000, Daniel did incredibly well to place 2nd in his pool. However, his sights have always been firmly set on winning Paralympic gold, and he is already looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 to make this dream a reality.… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
How acquired
Date of Birth
August 18, 1995
Heathcote, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Bouncing back from a loss by beating the fifth highest ranked player in the world at the Montreal Open in 2014

Greatest Moment

Michael Clarke scoring a triple-century in 2012 and Cathy Freeman winning the 400m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Boccia Disciplines: Individual Classification: BC3
  • Sport: Boccia Disciplines: Pairs Classification: BC3