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Daniel Du Plessis

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
Pretoria, RSA
Occupation
Finance
Languages
Afrikaans, English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para athletics in 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"Before 2018, I had never competed in athletics in my life. I also didn't do any sport since 2010 due to the severity of my impairment. After starting my life on prosthetic limbs in 2013, I focused all my energy and time on my studies and developing as a leader at university. In February 2018 I got my first set of blades, embarking on this journey of becoming a professional 'Bladerunner'."

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Nicknames
Dan (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Writing fiction, watching movies, reading. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Cathy Landsberg. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German Para athlete Johannes Floors. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've come to realise just how powerful sport can be. Often one finds amputees who hide their disability under long pants. They don't want people to see their stump or prosthetic limb because their feelings or fear of weakness forces them to cover it up. But when we exchange the long pants for tights and run with it, we become extremely powerful. And the world needs that. And we, as disabled people, need that, to do the out-of-the-ordinary with what at a first glance seems impossible. We can make the world believe in miracles." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with fibular hemimelia in both of his legs, as well as impaired development of the lower limbs. He had to undergo surgery and below-the-knee amputations in 2013. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION AND STUDIES
He completed a degree in actuarial science from Stellenbosch University in 2017, and now works as an actuarial specialist and quantitative credit analyst. "I'd like to become a qualified actuary. I [also] want to lecture one day at a tertiary institution." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2019)