Meet the Team - Daniel Pepper
Get to know first-time Paralympic swimmer Daniel Pepper. Read his Tweets, view images, watch him in action and being interviewed, check out Dan in numbers, see how his Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.
S14 200m Freestyle on 2nd September
SB14 100m Breaststroke on 6th September
Did you know?
- Dan admits he quit swimming for a month when the S14 intellectual disability classification was removed from the Paralympic following a scandal with the Spanish basketball team in 2000.
- But after a month away from the water, he decided he missed it too much and returned to training. With S14 re-instated into the Paralympic schedule for London 2012, he's relieved he didn't stick to his original decision.
- Away from the pool, Dan's most famous relative is his aunt, British actress Anne Reid who played Val Barlow in Coronation Street.
Dan has underlined his potential as a multiple Paralympic gold medallist in the past three years. Pepper was already an INAS world and European champion before he made his IPC (International Paralympic Committee) debut at the 2009 European Championships, winning a hat-trick of golds (100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley). He backed that up with double gold at the 2010 World Championships (200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke) before adding gold (200m Freestyle) and silver (100m Breaststroke) at last year's Europeans.