2016 Australian Paralympic Team Portrait
|Born||18 August 1995|
Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia
Michel was born on 18 August 1995 in the eastern Sydney suburb of Maroubra, New South Wales, before his family relocated to the Sutherland Shire in the early 2000s. He was born with spinal muscular atrophy which means he has minimal movement and strength throughout his body. Daniel attended Heathcote High School and graduated in 2013.
Michel was introduced to boccia as a 15 year old through a Muscular Dystrophy NSW camp. He is classified as a BC3 athlete. He came third in his first junior titles and this gave him the encouragement to increase his training. This led to him winning the junior title at his second attempt. Michel was then selected in an Australian Paralympic Committee Paralympic Preparation Program for the Rio Games. His first international competition was at the 2013 Asia and Oceania Championships where he finished fifth and a world ranking of 35. At the 2014 World Championships in Beijing, China, he finished 36th. He finished sixth at the 2016 Boccia World Cup. In 2016, he is a New South Wales Institute of Sport scholarship holder and is coached by Australian head coach Peter King. He has been selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and is the first Australian player selected to compete at the Paralympics since 2000.
Michel on his Rio Paralympics selection stated "I’m hoping it’s going to have a huge impact on the sport and on the reputation and perception of people with severe disabilities. The overriding public perception surrounding severe disabilities is that people living with these disabilities aren’t really capable of succeeding in a sporting atmosphere. There’s an emphasis on being successful through academia, but sport is never really promoted as an avenue through which people with severe physical disabilities can achieve enjoyment and also success".
At the Rio Games, Michel won his seeding match in the Mixed individual BC3 but lost in the round of 32 and did not advance.
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- "NSWIS boccia athlete to make history at Rio Paralympics". NSW Institute of Sport website. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "Daniel Michel". Rio Paralympics Official site. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
- "Results". BISFED 2018 World Championship website. Retrieved 20 August 2018.