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BENTLEY Dan
Sport Boccia
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthChelmsford, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Residence
Great Dunmow, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Graphic Design - Portsmouth University: Portsmouth, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started playing at Treloar College at age 16.
Why this sport?
"I was asked by my sports teacher Sandra King to give it a go. I found that I was good at it and I enjoyed playing it."
Club / Team
Team Breakaway: Great Britain
Training Regime
"My training includes nine hours of boccia, two hours of gym work and one hour of swimming, plus help on training with weekends away."
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
England
General Interest
Nicknames
Dan The Man (ssatrust.org.uk, 16 Feb 2010)
Hobbies
He supports West Ham and Lewes football clubs, and goes to watch Lewes home and away with friends. He also enjoys watching TV and listening to music. (bentleysboccia.com, 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (bentleysboccia.com, 2011)
Hero / Idol
British boccia player Nigel Murray. (gb-boccia.org, 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It takes time to get to the top, keep going and you will reach your goal." (efds.co.uk, 2008)
Awards and honours
Alongside Nigel Murray, Zoe Robinson and David Smith, he was part of the first British boccia team to win gold at the Paralympic Games after defeating defending champions Portugal 8-4 in 2008. (efds.co.uk, 2008, edp24.co.uk 12 Jan 2011)
Ambitions
To hold all four team gold medals in the same four year cycle, and get into the world top 10 individual BC2. (gb-boccia.org, 2011)
Other information
DISABILITY ORIGIN
He was born with cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair. (efds.co.uk, 2008; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 16 Sep 2009; telegraph.co.uk, 26 Aug 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 Individual - BC2  
1 2008 Team - BC1-2  
3 2012 Team - BC1-2  
25 2012 Individual - BC2  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2010 Individual - BC2