Danny Crates had a promising rugby career, playing at both regional and county level, before he suffered an accident whilst travelling and working in Australia, which resulted in the loss of his right arm. Not easily deterred, Danny took up athletics, eventually retiring as 800m Paralympic and European Champion.
Danny Crates had a promising rugby career, playing at both regional and county level, before he suffered an accident whilst travelling and working in Australia, which resulted in the loss of his right arm.
Not one to be easily deterred, Danny resumed his rugby activities, becoming the only known arm amputee playing club rugby in the country, receiving worldwide media attention. He also turned his attention to athletics. As a natural sprinter, he soon found that he was competing with the best in the world the 400m in the arm amputee class.
In the 1998 World Championships, Danny made his international debut and reached the 400m final and won a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay, breaking the European record. A switch to 800m brought more success taking world and European indoor titles, and World Championship and Paralympic gold. In his career he took eight international-level gold medals.
Danny returned to Australia to study diving for the disabled and qualified as a diving instructor. He later shared a tank with twenty sharks four times a day whilst working at the Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre. When injury forced Danny to retire from athletics he did so as a Paralympic Champion, European Champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder with eleven international gold medals to his name.
Since retirement Danny has joined Channel 4’s acclaimed Paralympic coverage team working on the Paralympic World Championships and the 2012 and 2016 Games coverage. He has also published his autobiography Danny Boy, and displayed his cooking talents on Celebrity Masterchef.
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