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Rower // Para-Rowing Squad Date of Birth: 29th Nov 1982 (39 years old)
Club: Henley Rowing Club Height: 195.00 Hometown: Reading
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Daniel Brown only made his GB Rowing Team para-rowing debut in 2014 but is already a Paralympic Games gold-medallist and three-time World Champion.
Daniel Brown helped the PR3 (formerly LTA) mixed coxed four to World Championship gold in 2014 and 2015, setting a world best time along the way.
He continued an impressive, unbeaten start to his international rowing career by winning a Paralympic gold in memorable fashion on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in 2016.
He returned to international competition in 2018 to win World Cup II gold in the PR3 men’s pair and a third World Championships gold in the mixed coxed four.
Daniel helped the LTA mixed coxed four successfully defend GB's Paralympic Games title at Rio 2016
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Rio de Janeiro - Paralympic Champion LTA Mixed Coxed Four
2014 & 2015
World Champion LTA Mixed Coxed Four
Brown was once again selected in the PR3 mixed coxed four along with Grace Clough, Pamela Relph, James Fox and cox Oliver James for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. A combination of illness and injury meant they did not make a competitive appearance until the heats of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games but they quickly found their rhythm to secure a convincing victory.
It was a similar story in the final as they took control of the race from the off and went on to win by a length to successfully defend GB’s title in magnificent style.
The 2015 season saw Brown and his crewmates once again prove that they were the boat to beat. During an outstanding World Cup in Varese, the four set world-best times on consecutive days as they won gold in emphatic style. The World Championships in Aiguebelette proved to be a much tighter affair, but the GB crew dug deep to see off a strong challenge from the United States and went on to retain their title.
In 2014, Brown had made his international debut alongside the same crew mates at the World Championships in Amsterdam. It proved to be a successful start as he helped GB secure an impressive clear-water victory, turning on the power to finish five seconds ahead of the United States.
Brown started rowing in 2010 at Reading Rowing Club. In 2012 he moved to Upper Thames Rowing Club and raced domestically for the club until he joined the GB Rowing Team Para-Rowing squad in September 2013.
Club: Henley Rowing Club
Boat: LTA Mixed Coxed Four
Coach: Nick Baker
Learnt to Row: Reading Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Reading Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Terry O’Sullivan
Daniel has always been a keen sportsman and played a significant amount of football and rugby until he was involved in a car accident in 2003. Due to injuries to his ankle and severed nerves in his left arm, he was forced to look for a new sport… and landed in a rowing boat, joining the GB Rowing Team in 2014.
He is a keen cyclist and enjoys following the Tour de France. He is currently organising a trip to Mount Ventoux, aiming to do the three road climbs up and down in 24 hours.
Daniel takes a keen interest in the natural world and would love to meet David Attenborough. He has a passion for bees and looks forward to getting his own beehive (along with eating the honeycomb).
He is currently studying to become a heating and plumbing engineer. He hopes to be able to find ways of improving the energy efficiency of homes, making them more environmentally friendly. Recently, he has undertaken a challenge to reduce his plastic consumption, and now aims to encourage others to do the same.