Cleveland swimmer Daniel Fox.
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One of Redland City’s favourite sons, Daniel Fox, willflythe local flag at theParalympic Games in Rio.

Daniel, who was born and raised in Cleveland, hopes to go one better than his silver medalat the 2012 London Paralympics and bring home gold.

He returned from London with the 200m freestyle silver and a close fourth placing in the100m backstroke.

He has proven himself to be a real Aussie champion, with wins in the 50m, 100m and 200mmulticlass freestyle at he Swimming Australia Grand Prix in Townsville last year and firsts in the100m and 200m multiclass freestyle, and seconds in the 100m backstroke, 50m and 100mmulticlass butterfly at the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney.

Daniel Fox, his cheer squad and Mayor Karen Williams.

Mayor Karen Williams presented Daniel with a Certificate of Achievement for his efforts, saying hishot form made him a certain selection in the Australian team for the Paralympics.

Daniel’s No 1 fan, his mum, Julie, and his family will join him in Rioto lead his cheer squad.

“Daniel, a two-time Paralympian, is a proud member of the Australian team, and we areproud that he will be representing the Redlands and his country again,’’ Cr Williams said.

An experienced campaigner, Daniel will step onto the blocks in the 200 metresfreestyle – his pet event – and 100 metres backstroke.

He started swimming as a toddler and stepped up to top competition in 2009.

He madehis debut for Australia the same year in the Global Games, where he won three gold and twosilver medals.He followed thiswith a second in the 200m freestyle at the 2010 World Championships andthen topped it off with a gold medal in the 200m freestyle at the Montreal WorldChampionships.

With medal-winning swims on the international stage at the 2012 LondonParalympics, 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships and the 2014 GlasgowCommonwealth Games, where he set a world record in winning the 200m freestyle.

Cr Williams said Daniel aspiredto win a gold medal and set a world record.

“He gets his opportunity to do both in Rio,’’ she said. “Daniel has experienced the high of setting a world record and is keen for a Rio repeat.

“He has been in scintillating form and I am told is confident of performing well in Rio.’’

Cr Williams said all of Redland City would be behind himwhen he stepped onto the pooldeck in Rio for the competition which ranfrom September7 to18.

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