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The start of something extraordinary

Paralympic medallist hangs up his goggles

Triple Paralympic medallist Daniel Sharp has brought an end to his outstanding Para-Swimming career.

The 26 year old visually impaired swimmer won three Paralympic medals (two silver and one bronze) in consecutive Games at Athens in 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He placed fourth in the 100m breaststroke in last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships which proved to be his final international meeting before retirement.

In recent times Sharp, coached throughout his career by Simon Mayne, split his time between Auckland and his current residence of Hamilton.

He started swimming when his parents enrolled him in lessons at a young age.  It was not until Sharp attended a Blind Sport competition in 2003 that Para-Sport became an option.

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) thanks Daniel for his inspirational performances and ongoing professionalism. PNZ wishes Daniel all the best for his future endeavours.