Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Physical Disablity: Cerebral Palsy
In 2004, Daniel Kamber competed in his first Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, however it did not go as well as he planned. He did not make the finals in his best event, which was the 50 meter butterfly. Falling victim to first time jitters, Kamber became ill and was not able to compete to his best ability. After what happened at the 2004 Games, Kamber did not want to compete anymore, but when he saw all of his past teammates leaving for
Kamber arrived in
“It is going to be pretty tough at my age [to make the team] but I think I can do it. I am focused. I am working hard. I am eating right. I am not here to slack off. I am here to get gold,” Kamber said.
He realizes that 2012 will probably be his last time to compete in the Paralympic Games as he will be 31 and he wants to move on with his career back in
Kamber was born with cerebral palsy, a congenital disability which affects the area of the brain that controls motor ability. In Kamber’s case it has mostly affected the coordination of his legs and balance. In order to move around as a child, Kamber either had to use a wheelchair or crutches, while wearing braces on both legs.
When Kamber was 12 years old, he found the Lakeshore Foundation in his hometown of
- 2011: Silver medal, 50m free (S7); Silver medal, 50m butterfly (S7); Parapan Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
- 2010: First place, 50m butterfly, U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals/Spring Can-Am
- 2004: Team member, U.S. Paralympic Team, 2004 Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece