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PEPPER Daniel
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthStockport, ENG
Height1.72 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Natalie
Residence
Manchester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four and competing at international level at age 14.
Why this sport?
His family home was next to a canal, so he learned to swim for safety reasons.
Club / Team
Marple SC: England
Name of coach
Rob Greenwood [national], GBR
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Hong Kong, China
General Interest
Nicknames
Dan (Facebook profile, 02 Sep 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (swimming.org, 10 Jul 2011)
Hero / Idol
British Olympic swimmer Steve Parry. (uksportsassociation.org, 03 Apr 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He follows a pre-race routine. He listens to music with his hood up to avoid distractions, takes off shoes, tracksuit bottoms and top in order and folds them a certain way, checks with an official about the event, splashes water on himself, does some air strokes and gets on to the block from the side. "It's a routine that has developed over time." (paralympics.channel4.com, 16 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, race hard, enjoy it, and listen to your coach." (paralympics.channel4.com, 16 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
His partner Natalie Massey represented Great Britain in para-swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympics.org.uk, 2012)
Impairment
He has a learning impairment similar to dyslexia which affects counting and coordination. (guardian.co.uk, 20 Nov 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 200m Freestyle S14 2:03.27
7 2012 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:12.64
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:11.08
1 2010 200m Freestyle S14 2:02.18
7 2013 200m Freestyle S14 2:40.31
8 2013 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:11.83
2 2013 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:18.30