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KIRK Daniel
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthHobart, AUS
Height1.99 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F44
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Kim, son Daniel
Residence
Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation
Business Owner, Coach, Personal Trainer, Physiotherapist
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies, Human Movement Studies, Sports Science - University of South Australia: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 at age 32 in Adelaide, SA, Australia, after recovering from the injury that ended his Australian rules football career.
Why this sport?
He wanted to find something to focus on after his accident, so he contacted the Australian Paralympic Committee who helped him find a sport that suited his abilities. "I found purpose in training towards something again. I felt lost following my impairment and athletics restored my sense of achievement and general well-being."
Club / Team
Westerns AC: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Steve Larsson [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Kirky (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Exploring outdoors, cycling, playing with his dog. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Australian Para athlete Russell Short. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He had a back injury in 2018 that took him six weeks to recover from. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He had an elbow injury in 2017 that he said he had recovered from by June that year. (sasi.sa.gov.au, 09 Jun 2017)

An ankle injury in 2011 kept him away from competition for four weeks. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He tore his quadriceps muscle in 2008 and was out of action for five weeks. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He sustained knee injuries in 2004 and 2010. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He sustained a back injury in 2005. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be kind and do no harm." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He played semi-professional Australian rules football in the South Australian National Football League [SANFL] for the Glenelg Tigers for eight seasons from 2005-2012. (hptraining.com.au, 02 Aug 2015; youtube.com, 06 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at a major championships and to set a world record. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 2012 he injured his right ankle while playing Australian rules football for the Glenelg Tigers in the South Australian National Football League. The injury, and subsequent surgical interventions ended his football career and left him with 20 percent range of movement in his lower leg. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; hptraining.com.au, 02 Aug 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has had his own personal training business, and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Australian College of Sport and the Darren Lehman Cricket Academy. He is a certified Australian rules football coach, and has also taught sport and fitness at community colleges [TAFE] in South Australia. He also co-founded a coaching business called NEXA High Performance Sport in Adelaide, SA, Australia. Ben Haren. "We offer opportunities for athletes to training in an elite training environment with other athletes from different sports and backgrounds." (LinkedIn profile 01 Jan 2019; sasi.sa.gov.au, 09 Jun 2017; athletics.com.au, 2017; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

POLITICAL CANDIDATE
In 2015/16 he ran as an independent candidate for the South Australian seat of Hindmarsh. (sasi.sa.gov.au, 09 Jun 2017; LinkedIn profile 01 Jan 2017)

AUSSIE RULES TO ATHLETICS
He believes his experience training and playing semi-professional Australian rules football for nearly a decade has benefited his move into Para athletics."I learned a lot from my [SANFL] playing days which I have taken on board in my sport now." (sasi.sa.gov.au, 09 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2017 Discus Throw F44 52.16
5 2017 Shot Put F44 13.59