Daniel Dias
Brazil’s Daniel Dias was once again the outstanding swimmer of the Paralympic Games, winning six individual gold medals in London, all in world record times. Four years earlier in Beijing, he had won four gold medals, four silver and a bronze, a feat which earned him the 2009 Laureus Award.
Born with malformed upper and lower limbs, he was inspired to take up swimming after watching Brazil’s Clodoaldo Silver in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. After his career is over, he wants to devote time to encouraging more young people with a disability in Brazil to take up swimming.
Daniel Dias | Laureus