A few years ago Daniel Wilson had an accident that damaged his spine. After many operations trying to repair the damage, Daniel was left paralysed from the waist down and a wheelchair user.
Daniel moved in to Arne Court in Laindon at the beginning of the year after being discharged from Stanmore Hospital. Arne Court provides temporary accommodation for a wide range of customers while their application for housing is being investigated by Basildon Council.
Despite his life changing experience, Daniel was determined to continue to take part in sport; a passion of his since his school days.
He was introduced to the Inter Spinal Unit Games, widely recognised as the flagship sporting event for newly injured patients, held each year at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. For many participants the Games, held at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, are their first trip from hospital after their long journey of rehabilitation.
Stanmore Hospital helped Dan to take part in the Games where he excelled in the shooting, gaining a silver medal! After this success, Daniel has been given a place on the training programme that could result in a place on Great Britain’s Paralympic Shooting Team.
And shooting isn’t the only skill that Dan has demonstrated. He recently had great success in the Hanningfield Sailability project where he won all four of the races he entered.
Dan recognises the impact that these sporting activities have had on his rehabilitation, not only physically but physiologically as well; building his confidence and his hopes for the future.
Along with his sporting success, Dan is also hopeful that he will soon be able to move out of Arne Court and into his own, independent accommodation in the local community.