Since first competing in swimming in 2009, Daniel Fox trained quietly away, hoping he would make it to the London Paralympic Games. After an explosive start to his career where he won three gold medals at the 2009 Global Games for athletes with an intellectual disability, he focused his sights on getting to London and soon, the hours in the pool and in the gym began to pay off.
The freestyle expert was named on the 2010 World Championship team where he won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle and then represented Australia at the 2011 Arafura Games where he won four gold medals, the CanAm Championships where he won three gold and a bronze medal and the Para-Pan Pacs where he won three gold medals. With a smaller field of events in London, Daniel shone in his best event and won silver in the 200m freestyle and finished fourth in the 100m backstroke.
After just being edged out for gold in London, it is Fox's ultimate ambition to reach the top of the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He entered the Paralympic Year ranked number one in the world in the 100m freestyle so is well positioned to reach his goal. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Daniel set a new world record in the S14 100m freestyle twice in the heats and then bettering his own record in the final. The following year at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships, also in Glasgow, Daniel just missed a medal in the 200m freestyle finishing fourth. He was also eighth in the 100m backstroke. Daniel has recently returned from Rio de Janeiro where he collected a Paralympic record and a Bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle.
Born with an intellectual disability, the Queenslander began swimming as a toddler and is based at the Chandler Swimming Centre in Brisbane where he trains under coach Rob Hindmarsh. He supports the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL and looks up to Queensland rugby league legend Gordon Tallis for his never-say-die attitude and commitment to his sport.
With Australian swimming greats Ian Thorpe and Ashley Callus as inspiration, "Foxy" is hoping he can follow in his heroes' footsteps to become Australian swimming royalty.