BIOGRAPHY

There is little that Dan Greaves has not achieved in the sport of discus. At 13, he joined Charnwood Athletics Club and in spite of a foot deformity, was quickly identified as a potential future champion. 16 years later, with four medals from four consecutive Paralympic Games and multiple world records to his name, the towering Midlander is now a major force in Paralympic track and field.

Dan went one better and threw a distance that saw him crowned Paralympic champion, grabbing the Gold medal and setting a new world record with a distance of 55.53m.

At the Sydney Paralympics in 2000, aged just 18, Dan made his presence known on the international circuit, throwing his way to a podium place and taking the Silver medal in the F44/46 category. Four years later, at the Athens Paralympics, Dan went one better and threw a distance that saw him crowned Paralympic champion, grabbing the Gold medal and setting a new world record with a distance of 55.53m. 2008 saw Dan return to the Paralympics in a bid to retain his title. Despite a podium finish, the fact that he returned ‘disappointed’ with a Bronze is testament to Dan’s mentality as an athlete who strives for the best.

2011 was another huge year for Dan, breaking the world record at the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and following up on this by setting two further world records in the same year. In his home Paralympics in London 2012, Dan threw a season’s best of 59.01m to take the Silver medal, maintaining his record of winning a medal at every Paralympic Games in which he has competed.

2014 containing two major championships the Commonwealth Games and the European championships was a huge year that Dan took to grips with both hands. Defiant that he would walk away with two golds a tough task in anyone’s book he did just that.

At the commonwealth games on Monday the 28th, Dan launched the discus to 59.21m his best mark in a major competition to be crowned Commonwealth champion and be the first of the English athletics team to have the gold placed around his neck. A history making success.

Just two weeks after this success Dan had the challenging task of replicating the feat against the best throwers in Europe to defend his triple crown. Knowing he was in the best shape of his life Dan propelled the Discus out to a massive 62.34m a new PB but also a new European record in the process beating the closest competitior by four meters and reaching a double major win that he set out to achieve at the start of the season.

With the Rio 2016 Paralympics on the horizon it has been a huge year for Dan who has already celebrated great success with wins at the Loughborough International (F44), the British Championships (F44) and the IPC Athletics European Championships (F44). The Paralympics officially begin on the 7th September, look out for Dan who will be competing in the Men’s (F44) Discus Throw!

Dan’s story spanning Fourteen years is quite the torrent of emotion and inspiration to any sportsman or company. This can develop alternative thinking and motivation for their employee’s or show how direction and determination can improve self belief.

For any commercial, media and appearance requests Dan can be contacted via his Agent: Hugo Jafari – [email protected]

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