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Danny Nobbs

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Consultant
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 23 in Loughborough, England.
Why this sport?
Sport was a big part of his life before his accident, so it was a natural progression. He first started in wheelchair racing and completed the Great North Run three times for charity before he made the switch to shot put. In 2013 he took up javelin.
Club / Team
City of Norwich AC: England
Name of coach
Tim Newenham [club]

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Taipei, TPE

General interest

Nicknames
Danny, Nobbsy (Twitter profile, 13 Jun 2018; Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol
English footballer Alan Shearer. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named the British Wheelchair Association's Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2007. (paralympics.org.uk, 29 Jan 2010)
Other sports
He played cricket and football at county level in his youth. (dannynobbs.com, 01 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1996, which resulted in paraplegia. (dannynobbs.com, 01 Feb 2014; bbc.co.uk, 01 Sep 2011)
Other information
CHANGE OF DISCIPLINE
In 2013 he switched from competing in shot put to javelin. He made the decision after the F54 event [in which he was classified] was combined with the F55 class for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "If I stuck with the F55 shot put, I would be competing against guys with full abdominal and back muscles, which I haven't got. We made the decision that in the period to Rio, the javelin was the event I could make the biggest gains in and hopefully get selected for Team GB." (bbc.co.uk, 13 Aug 2013)

LASER EYE SURGERY
In 2018 he had laser eye surgery, which aided his training and competitive performance. "When I'm training now, it's like being able to see in HD, which helps with target and technical work. At the World Games in Portugal in December [2017], I was at the podium awaiting my medal. When I looked up I could see my fiancee and baby daughter in the crowd crystal clear – which I wouldn't have been able to do before having the treatment, so it was a really special moment for me." (peterboroughtoday.co.uk, 31 May 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a sponsorship consultant for British insurance company Aviva. His clients have included the English Premiership [rugby union] and Norwich City Football Club in England. (Facebook profile, 01 Jan 2018; LinkedIn profile, 14 Jun 2018)

SHORT FILM
He shared his personal story in the short film 'Born,' a specially commissioned film for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust [NPHT], which was launched at NPHT's first regional exhibition in Norwich Cathedral, England. (paralympicheritage.org.uk, 24 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53/54 Final Round 10
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F54-56 Final 2011-01-26 9