At sixteen he started competing in road races on a tandem bike with his Dad piloting. Before he knew it, Daniel then progressed to cycling on the road on a single bike, entering local competitions.
He regularly competes in national Special Olympic events on both tandem and solo bikes - his Dad still with him every peddle of the way.
He took part in the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Belgium in 2014, then he won the bronze at the previously mentioned 2015 World Summer Games. Since then he's also won bronze at the 2017 National Games.
Whilst training for and competing in these major events, Daniel also graduated from Foxes Academy in 2014 where he studied hospitality and catering. He landed himself work experience at The Barnstaple Hotel where he mastered a number of roles but his favourite work was in the kitchen, where he shone and was a popular member of the team.
This makes sense as Daniel’s other passion, aside from swimming and cycling, is cooking. His signature dish is his Russian Grandma’s chicken soup.
Without a doubt, we are extremely proud of Daniel and his achievements and will continue to support him. Mr Justin Brend, Director of The Barnstaple Hotel, wanted to show the Brend Hotel Group’s support of Daniel with a donation towards his Abu Dhabi training.
It is an honour to know Daniel. His dedication to training, travel and overall commitment to cycling tells us that no matter what happens in Abu Dhabi he will be a true champion once again.
Please show Daniel your support by sponsoring him via his Go Fund Me page.