Dan Greaves eyes Commwealth gold at Glasgow 2014
Discus thrower Dan Greaves is aiming to seal a Commonwealth and European double this season
Dan Greaves is no stranger to the top step of the podium but he insists the chance to claim a Commonwealth and European double this season will have him throwing further than ever before.
The 31-year-old has won Paralympic, World and European titles in his illustrious career and is well set to add Commonwealth gold at Glasgow 2014.
Greaves, who trains at Loughborough University, is enjoying his most consistent season for some time having thrown season’s bests at all of his meets this year.
He even set a personal best of 60.12m on Wednesday to claim a new British record in the process but even that distance looks in danger with the four-time Paralympic medalist throwing beyond the 60m mark regularly in training.
And with a largely British crowd cheering him on, Greaves believes Glasgow gold would be the perfect precursor to the IPC European Championships in Swansea.
“My season so far has been really consistent and I am probably throwing the most consistent series of throws for a few years now,” said Greaves.
“We’ve got the Commonwealth Games in three weeks so I really can’t wait to throw there and represent England on such a large scale.
“And then I have another opportunity to be champion on home soil with the European Championships.
“I am lucky enough to have three European titles already so I am going for the fourth this year and I am ranked the number one European going in.
“I am probably the strongest and most athletic I have probably been really so I would love to go to both and win a medal.
“In Glasgow there are some good people from the Commonwealth competing but my main rival won’t be there as he is American.
“I have always performed well in front of big crowds and hopefully we can go out and lay down a marker as the Europeans are only a few weeks after.
“People wanting to beat me is a prerequisite, when you are at the top of the tree there is only one place to go so I have my sights firmly set on gold.”
After what hopefully will be a successful summer, Greaves will look to inspire the next generation of Paralympians on National Paralympics Day, held at Birmingham’s Centenary Square on August 30.
The day itself will allow the public to meet some ParalympicsGB stars, witness them in action and also try their hand at some Paralympic sport.
And Greaves admits after the development of disability sport since London 2012 the next Paralympic champion could be inspired on the day.
“National Paralympic Day is a fantastic idea. It really highlights the necessity of Paralympic sport and spreads the word,” he added.
“There could be some stars out there hiding in the major cities so hopefully we can unearth some future talent.
“We’ve had so much development since London 2012 and we have guys who could potentially be Rio’s new hotshots.
“I am so glad I took my chance when it came around and now the love story that I have had with athletics over the last 13 years could happen to some else simply by coming to National Paralympic Day and getting involved.”
Celebrate National Paralympic Day on Saturday August 30 at Birmingham’s Centenary Square. Come along and enjoy fun activities for all the family as part of nationwide celebrations for #NPD2014. For more information visit: www.paralympics.org.uk. Supported by Spirit of 2012.