Disability is no barrier to achievement
Athlete Mark Daniels has overcome more than most, but has not let a near-fatal accident stop his dreams.
The Baldivis man is in the running for the Surge Fitness Sports Award, part of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.
Learning to walk again after a motorcycle crash in Port Kennedy left him fighting for his life in 2015, the 25-year-old lost part of his right leg, and was also left with a split femoral artery, a broken neck, 11 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a ruptured kidney, a damaged heart and a broken hand.
The only West Australian to don the green and gold in last year’s Invictus Games, the keen athlete competed in indoor rowing, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby, winning bronze in his indoor rowing event and also being part of the first Australian team to take away a medal in wheelchair rugby with a gold medal placing.
He also made his Para-triathlon debut at the Oceania Championships, placing third and qualifying for the Para-triathlon World Cup, and is training to compete in the Paralympics in 2020.
Able Seaman Daniels joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2012 and serves as a marine technician, working at bases including HMAS Stirling.
He said he was “absolutely thrilled” and being nominated was an honour.
“For me it’s great to have someone with a disability recognised,” he said.
Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Perth on May 25.
Baldivis athlete Mark Daniels.