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Daniel Sidbury

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Almería, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried wheelchair racing at age eight in England.
Why this sport?
He took part in wheelchair racing for a month at age eight before his family moved to Spain. He took up the sport again at age 20 after deciding to take part in the London Marathon, which was an item on his bucket list. "Instead of moving on to the next task on the list, I was completely hooked on the sport of wheelchair racing. I had met some incredible, interesting people and competed in some exciting races along the way to participating in my first marathon."
Club / Team
Sutton & District [ENG] / Velocity Wheelchair-Racing [ENG]:
Name of coach
Christine Parsloe, GBR
Training Regime
He trains six days a week, often twice a day. He does a combination of miles on the road, technique work on the track and weights in the gym.

General interest

Nicknames
Danny (englandathletics.org, 14 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My disability hasn't made me disabled." (Instagram profile, 21 Jul 2021)
Impairment
He contracted meningitis at age two, resulting in amputations of both legs below the knee by age five and multiple skin grafts. (city-asset.co.uk, 06 Sep 2018)
Other information
TURNING POINT
He says decided to take the sport more seriously after being pleased with his early performances against more experienced athletes. "The defining moment for me was my first ever track competition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium [in England]. I was competing against athletes who were training six days a week, to my two days a week, and had competed for Great Britain at a world junior level. They had bespoke custom racing chairs designed exclusively for them, and yet, I was able to beat them. This filled me with confidence, and made me think, 'If I take this seriously, how far could I go?' I felt that I had found my true calling." (city-asset.co.uk, 06 Sep 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2021-08-27 8
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 3 2021-08-29 9999
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2021-08-30 6
Men's 1500 m T54 Final 2021-08-31 6
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 3 2021-09-02 9999