Name: Daryl Walker
Date of Birth: December 29, 1981
Hometown: Hoboken, New Jersey
Current Residence: Jacksonville, Florida
High School: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (St. Augustine, Florida)
College: BYU Idaho
2008 Paralympic Games
- 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Men's Goalball - Beijing, China
- 2008: First place, National Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
- 2008: Firs place, Regional Tournament, Cherry Hill, N.J.
- 2008: Third place, Regional Tournament, Kalamazoo, Mich.
- 2007: Third place, National Championships, St. Augustine, Fla.
- 2006: Third place, World Championships, Spartanburg, S.C.
- 2006: Third place, Slovenia Tournament
- 2005: Second place, Para Pan American Games, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 2003: Second place, Lithuania Tournament
Daryl Walker was first introduced to the sport of goalball at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in the spring of 1996. The more he learned about the game, the more he began to enjoy playing. Daryl started competing against different teams at different tournaments while attending the Florida School for the Blind. When he graduated from high school in spring of 2001, he hadn’t decided on a clear path yet. The one thing that stuck was the sport of goalball. “It was the first sport that I had ever played with total confidence,” says Daryl. A couple years after graduating high school, he was asked to tryout for the U.S. Paralympics Men's Goalball Team. It would lead to his Paralympic Games debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.
Along the way Daryl discovered that college was an option for him. He graduated in 2007 from Florida State College of Jacksonville with an Associate of Arts degree. He then transferred to the University of North Florida where he studied Psychology. Now, Daryl is living with his family in Jacksonville, Florida while working at Chick-fil-A.
When Daryl isn’t playing goalball, he enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, writing, attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other church activities, meeting new people, studying scripture and talks/lessons from latter-day prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, spending time with family, and watching a good movie or television series. He hopes to one day become a goalball coach and teach others what he has been given.
“My faith and my religion are number one. Being apart of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the most important thing in my life right now. It is the air that gives me breath and the energy that keeps me moving each day. I also really enjoy school right now. Currently I am enrolled in the BYU Idaho Pathway program. It is a online program through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that helps individuals start or finish college. I am looking to finish my bachelor’s degree in either with a University degree or a degree in Marriage and Family Studies.”
Facebook: Daryl Walker