Inter Lions FC’ rising young gun Jesse Michel is one proud brother.
The 20-year-old has been watching his brother Daniel represent the Green and Gold in Boccia at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics along with his family.
It’s Daniel’s second Paralympics after participating in the 2016 Rio Games with the 26-year-old hoping to bag himself a medal following a successful 2020 season that has seen him rise through ranks as number four in the world for Boccia.
Daniel will be in action tonight as he faces Brazil’s Evelyn de Oliveira at 7:25pm in the mixed Boccia match with Jesse and his proud family ready to cheer him on.
For those unaware of what Boccia is, it’s a precision ball sport, similar to Bocce and related to bowls.
Jesse will forever be super proud of his brother.
Daniel was born with a condition known as spinal muscular atrophy Type 2, but that has not deterred him to scale of the heights of being one of the best in his sport, such is his drive and determination to succeed.
Inter Lions FC’s Club Secretary Santino Grieco stated to Football NSW the admiration the Paralympian had for his brother Jesse.
“We are enormously proud of Daniel with the courage he has shown to be able to do what he does at this level is amazing.
“Daniel is a fervent supporter of brother Jesse at Inter and shares Dans talent. He is managing him to higher levels and has never missed a match.”
Daniel’s proud mother Susan was overwhelmed with joy upon seeing her son achieve such a feat.
“We are very proud of the incredible dedication and hard work to reach this level of Boccia and now good chance at a medal, hopefully gold.
“Daniel is very smart with an incredible sports mind so this has made him one of the best in his field.
“I am also very proud of all of us around Dan who support and love him and made him believe that his wheelchair or diagnosis would never define him.
“The mateship and connection he has with his ramp assistant Ashlee is like no other and she deserves the medal as much as he does.”
We salute you Daniel!