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17 Mar · St. Patrick's R.C. Primary School · No Comments

Sport for Schools- Athlete: Dan English

Your child has brought a sponsorship form home. Please help them to get it filled in ready for our sponsorship event on Friday. Daniel English is visiting us for the day and running sports workshops.


Did you know Dan’s favourite book is Harry Potter and his favourite school subject was Maths!


• Captain of the Para Lions English Team
• London 2012 Paralympics
• Silver medallist in 2009 European Championships
• Bronze medallist in the 2011, 2017 and 2019 European Championships
• Silver medallist in the 2015 World Blind Games


Daniel was born in Sunderland in 1990, with an eye condition called Familal Exeduative Vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). He went completely blind at the age of 9. Despite this, he pursued sport and began his sport career at the age of 13.


Daniel competed in swimming at first, breaking his first world record in the 100 metres individual medley for the blind when he was 14 years old. He continued to progress in swimming until he was 17, when he retired from swimming having gained a world record, 2 European records (100m and 200m breast stroke) and numerous British records.


He started playing football when he was 17, where he was invited to an England camp for the England Blind Football Team. To date, he has competed in 2 World Cups, 1 World Games, 6 European Championships and 1 Paralympic Games.


The paths we take in life will not always be easy, but they will get us to where we are destined to go.


It’s been a long road for Dan English on his football journey so far.

The Para Lions captain is currently in Rome with the England blind squad as they target glory at the IBSA European Championship and a spot at this year’s Paralympics in Tokyo.


It all seems very distant from the streets of Sunderland where English first began to hone his football skills as a sighted toddler, before he lost his sight fully at the age of nine. “I’m from the north-east originally, a die-hard Sunderland fan for my sins”


“I used to have sight when I was younger so I would just play with my friends in the street or have a kick-about with my dad. “So I managed to get a lot of practise back then, an idea of the techniques and got a good understanding of eleven-a-side football on the school playground. “I went completely blind when I was nine which obviously made that much harder, but I carried on playing when I lost my sight, just with my close friends and family.” But it was years later, when English was studying at Loughborough University and was spotted by former England blind boss Tony Larkin, that he discovered blind football. Over a 100 caps later and with experiences at World Cups and Paralympics under his belt, he admits it’s something which has changed his life. “I really didn’t know anything about blind football until I got to college, when I first got scouted and introduced to it by the team manager at the time

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