Earlier this month, Dan Powell from Halewood, won a silver medal at the 2023 International Blind Sports Federation Judo Grand Prix in Japan.
This win means that Dan has qualified to represent Great Britain in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
Dan grew up in Halewood and was inspired to start judo by his dad, Terry Powell, a double judo Paralympic bronze medallist.
This isn’t the first time that Dan will be representing his nation at the Paralympics. Dan and his brother Marc were both members of the London 2012 Paralympic judo team, where Dan finished 7th.
Dan was also recently presented with the UK Sport Social Impact Award as recognition for his commitment to making combat sport more accessible through his charity, GNR8 Academy.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council commented:
“Many congratulations to Dan, it is a fantastic achievement to represent your country at the highest level of a sporting competition and you don’t get any higher than the Paralympics.
I’m proud to say that Knowsley is home to many big sporting names, and it is great to recognise and celebrate these achievements.
“I wish Dan the very best of luck for Paris next year.”
France will host its first-ever Summer Paralympic Games in 2024. The programme will include 22 sports, 549 events and will take place from 28 August to 8 September. The Paralympic Games are the ultimate goal for athletes with disabilities. These Games offer an opportunity for sportspeople with motor disabilities (amputated or missing limbs, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, tetraplegia, hemiplegia, dwarfism, etc.), sensory disabilities (visual impairment) or intellectual disabilities to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire and entertain the world.