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Daniel Scheil

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F33

Further personal information

Residence
Weiden, GER
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2010.
Why this sport?
Growing up he was a keen footballer but multiple injuries prevented him from pursuing a professional career. After recovering from his stroke, he wanted to become more active and was introduced to Para sports by Para alpine skier Gerd Schonfelder and Para athlete Birgit Kober.
Club / Team
HSC Erfurt: Germany
Name of coach
Marion Peters [national]

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Scheili (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F33 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Apr 2021; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up living your dreams." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Silver Laurel Leaf, the highest sports award in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 01 Nov 2016; zimbio.com, 31 Oct 2016)

He was included in the Golden Book of Weiden, Germany for his achievements at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (onetz.de, 27 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He played football at national youth level in Chemnitz, Germany. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Milestones
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro his gold medal in F33 shot put at age 43 years and 241 days made him the oldest male German Para athletics competitor to win gold at the 2016 Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Apr 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thueringer-allgemeine.de, 07 Apr 2021)
Impairment
He had a stroke in 2008 which resulted in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; sueddeutsche.de, 16 Jul 2017)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
He believes taking up Para athletics aided his recovery from depression following the stroke he suffered that resulted in quadriplegia in 2008. "I got depressed and felt the sky was falling on my head. Some believed that I would not amount to anything again, but sport gave me a second chance." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; sueddeutsche.de, 16 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F33 Final 1 2015-10-25 3
Men's Discus Throw F34 Final 1 2015-10-31 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F33 Final Round 2016-09-10 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F33 Final 1 2017-07-16 2
Men's Discus Throw F34 Final 1 2017-07-22 9