Roy Daniell

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Roy Daniell
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2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Daniell
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1965-04-11) 11 April 1965 (age 52)
Seymour, Victoria

Roy Daniell (born 11 April 1965) is an Australian runner with a vision impairment, who has won two medals at three Paralympics.


Daniell was born on 11 April 1965 in the Victorian town of Seymour and lives in Canberra.[1][2] He has a genetic condition that causes peripheral vision. Everything in his direct line of sight is permanently blocked by a fuzzy test pattern.[1][3] He began losing his sight at the age of ten and by the age of fifteen, he effectively could not read.[3] He attended Canberra Grammar School where he was a competitive sprinter and he participated in rowing at national schoolboy competitions.[3]

He is a physiotherapist in Canberra and has a post graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy and a master's degree in Pain Management.[4] He is married and has two sons.[4]


Daniell did not think of himself as disabled until he heard that Sydney was hosting the Paralympics; he began training in 1997 after his eye doctor confirmed that he would be able to qualify for the games.[5] He was originally a triathlete but switched to running after colliding with parked cars and swimming poorly.[4] He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the Men's Marathon T13 event.[6] He had an Australian Institute of Sport athletics scholarship from 2001 to 2002.[7] At the 2004 Athens Games he won a silver medal in the men's marathon T13 event.[6] In Sydney and Athens he ran without a race guide. He finished 13th in the men's marathon T12 at the 2008 Beijing Games with race guides Julien Wicks and Dennis Fitzgerald.[6][8][9][10] He retired from competition after the 2008 games to spend more time with his family.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Roy the marathon man is under 'new management'". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Athlete's Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 19 October 2000. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "No intervention required, all Daniell needs is luck as he sets sights on gold". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire/The Canberra Times. 16 September 2004. 
  4. ^ a b c "Roy Daniell Athlete Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Steele, Selina (30 October 2000). "Roy kicks in with bronze in marathon". The Courier-Mail. p. 12. 
  6. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X. 
  8. ^ "Wicks is bound for Beijing". South Coast Register. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Hand, Jenna (6 July 2008). "Olympic guide to gold". The Canberra Times. p. 23. 
  10. ^ Moloney, John-Paul (12 April 2008). "Sons inspire marathon runner to a third Games". The Canberra Times. p. 6. 
  11. ^ McGrath, Olivia (16 September 2008). "Roy Daniell: Looking to sign off with gold". ABC News. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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