Self-discipline, determination and courage. The three attributes needed for success and demonstrated so clearly by Olympic gold medallist Danny Crates on his inspiring visit to JFS.
A gifted sportsman, Danny has always pushed himself to perform at the very highest level. At 21 years old he lost his right arm in a car accident, and destroyed his hope of pursuing a career in rugby. He did not allow this traumatic setback to stop him and he focused on running professionally instead. “I knew that I could not let this defeat me,” explained Danny, “having a clear goal really helped me to achieve my potential.”
Dedicating himself to a gruelling and demanding training regime, Danny soon began to reap the rewards of his effort and determination. In 2000, Danny achieved the Bronze in 400 metres at the Sydney Paralympic Games and then went on to take the Gold Medal and the world record in the 800 metres at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004. He was also given the honour of bearing the British flag at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008.
Danny is now a television and radio sports presenter. Reporting for Channel 4 at the London Paralympic Games in August 2012. Danny was thrilled to be a part of history in the making and played a large part in changing the way disability is viewed by others.
We were struck by how genuine Danny was as he was immediately able to relate to us with his relaxed and friendly manner. His story proved to be highly motivating and he was truly an inspiration to us all.
Jessica Ansell 10A1