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BELL Daniel
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age34
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Geelong, VIC, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim as a child at Christian College in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
Swimming gave him confidence and friends and helped him overcome his physical impairments.
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
Dan (vis.org.au, 2011)
Hobbies
Travelling, listening to music. (vis.org.au, 2011)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (beijing.paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Michael Klim. (beijing.paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe, you achieve." (vis.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2003 he was selected by fellow Australian swimmers for the People's Choice Award. He beat out Australian swimming stars Ian Thorpe and Michael Klim for the prize. (ABC 7:30 report, 28 Mar 2005)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy and Asperger's syndrome. (ausport.gov.au, 2008; heraldsun.com.au, 19 Jan 2014)
Other information
MISSING LONDON 2012
He was not able to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London because he was facing court over charges of stalking and burglary, to which he plead guilty, at the Geelong Magistrates' Court in Victoria, Australia. He received an 18-month community-based order for the offences, which his lawyer said were due to an adverse reaction to a prescription drug for a psychological condition he has. As a result, in 2013 he was stripped of his Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] award that he had received for his relay gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (geelong.starcommunity.com.au, 31 Aug 2012; deakinnews.wordpress.com, 01 Oct 2012; heraldsun.com.au, 19 Jan 2014)

MAILING IT IN
In 2004 he had his picture placed on a set of Australian postage stamps. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)

EARLY LIFE
His adoptive mother Liz Bell found him at age six months in an American Samoan hospital where she was working as a volunteer. His biological parents had abandoned him and doctors had advised her that as well as having cerebral palsy he was also blind and had brain damage. Liz recalls, "I didn't accept it because I saw that with a little bit of love, and a little bit of attention, Daniel started to respond. We took him out to the sea every night and put him in the water and let him use his muscles in the sea. I got attached to him as much as he got attached to me, and now, look. Woo-hoo, I've still got him." (ABC 7:30 report, 28 Mar 2005)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2000 50m Freestyle S10 26.64 
4 2000 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:18.35 
5 2000 100m Butterfly S10 1:02.95 
3 2000 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  
7 2000 200m Medley SM10 2:29.51 
8 2004 50m Freestyle S10 26.62
7 2004 100m Freestyle S10 57.31
2 2004 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:11.79
2 2004 100m Butterfly S10 59.67
7 2004 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:28.59
2 2004 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  
1 2004 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:26.25
9 2008 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:14.33
5 2008 100m Butterfly S10 59.85
10 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:22.96
1 2008 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:11.90
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2002 50m Freestyle S10 26.96
4 2002 100m Freestyle S10 57.63
10 2002 400m Freestyle S10 4:42.45
4 2002 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:15.03
3 2002 100m Butterfly S10 1:01.36
6 2002 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:27.25
6 2002 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:50.18 Q
19 2006 50m Freestyle S10 27.35
9 2006 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:16.86
12 2006 100m Butterfly S10 1:05.62
1 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:22.09