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As he publishes his autobiography, former Paralympic world champion and world record holder Danny Crates talks to John Boston about his remarkable life in the fast lane
The Danny Crates Story
anny Crates has a story to tell. In his 39 years, the former Paralympic gold medalist, World champion, European champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder has seen more experiences than most people manage in a lifetime. In 1994, Danny was facing a promising rugby career when he lost his right arm in a horriﬁc accident while travelling in Australia at just 21 years old. It was the start of a journey that was to lead him through some of life’s toughest challenges, to ultimately prove that no hurdle is too impossible to overcome. And now we can all read his remarkable story; with the publication last month of his autobiography, Danny Boy. Danny was born in Orsett, Essex and grew up a Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope boy. “My whole life until the age of 34 is based there,” he says. “So that’s where all my history is.” Ever true to his roots, Danny held his book launch at Thurrock Rugby Club, a place that still holds a special place in his heart –
Danny’s car after the accident
it was here that he ﬁrst got a taste of sporting success. “Rugby was always my sport. I did athletics for a while when I was a youngster, but by the time I was ﬁfteen I’d switched my allegiance to rugby. It was where my ambition was. I played for Thurrock and I played for Essex and Eastern Counties at U18 and U21 level.” In fact, he had just started his ﬁrst team career at Thurrock when the opportunity came to go to Australia, where he would spend the best year of his life. But just before his time there came to end, his life was turned upside down.
c I got out of the car carrying my arm... it was all very surreal d “I was at the end of my year in Australia and was just doing my ﬁnal piece of work, which involved driving from Brisbane to Airlie Beach to drop some leaﬂets on the way. It was job I was relishing, because I was going back to Airlie Beach, which is where I’d spent ﬁve months of my year in Australia – probably the best ﬁve months of my life – so it was a chance for me to say goodbye to my friends. “We had the crash – I still to this day don’t know what happened, but it wasn’t a major accident, there was a lot of damage to the car, but it was just two cars that clipped each other as they went past, and that was about 8km south of Airlee Beach in a place called Sarina.”
A young Danny with his mum and brother Paul
For a short time, Danny lay unconscious. When he awoke, he looked down and saw a severed arm in his lap. “We (his passenger in the car, Barry) realised there was an arm there and that it was mine, and I got out of the car carrying my arm, and you’re in shock at that stage. It was all very surreal and I have very vivid memories from that but not necessarily about losing my arm, but about things that happened around it. I can remember a ﬁreman running me up an embankment upside down, but I can’t remember my arm hanging oﬀ. “When I came round I hadn’t a clue what had happened, literally. My ﬁrst concern was that it was somebody else’s arm and when I realized it was mine, it was almost a calming aﬀect on me because I knew nobody else had been hurt. “A lady who was local to where the accident happened – she lived in the only house on that stretch of road and, luckily, heard the crash – came to my aid and basically sat on me until the ambulance arrived. The whole time this was going on, the guy in the other car we collided with was up the road casually changing his tyre ready to drive oﬀ – he didn’t once came over to see how I was.”
Danny remembers little else; just the doctor at the hospital explaining that they would do everything possible to save the arm and asking for permission to amputate if necessary. Danny was four hours in surgery having his arm amputated. He had just ten stitches and spent only ten days in hospital. His parents had ﬂown out to Australia and they all remained there for a further four weeks while Danny regained enough strength for the ﬂight to Blighty. It’s hard to image what must have been going through his head as he made the 10,000 mile journey back to London. “The rugby career was the ﬁrst thing in my head,” he explains. “I actually spoke the lady who came to my aid at the scene of the crash about rugby and my chances of playing again, and she tried to reassure me that I would, knowing that I probably wouldn’t. “While I was in hospital I felt safe. Once I got out I realized I had to face the world again and that’s when [the extent of the injury] started to dawn on me – and especially on the journey home it was realisation time that I had to face up to what happened and try to deal with it.” What was he to do? Danny had trained as a mechanical engineer, but his chances of returning to that were unlikely. Instead, he did nothing for six months. And then he started training with the rugby team and played his ﬁrst game just one year after the accident, becoming the only Danny with Olympic athlete Donna Fraser
known arm amputee playing club rugby in the country. “That was a big step for me,” says Danny, “and probably the most important one – being able to do something that I had done before, and more importantly, a sport I had done before. Of course, before I had dreams of being a professional player, but now that was never going to happen, and now it was just a case of doing something I loved again.”
c I had dreams of being a professional player, but now that was never going to happen d The game had been televised and Danny received worldwide media attention. He also caught the eye of Peter Arnott. Peter looked after the amputee section of the Paralympic athletics team and was aﬀectionately known as the ‘ambulance chaser’ because his job was to go out and ﬁnd amputees. Peter contacted Danny and tried to convince him to take up athletics again, with a view to competing at Sydney 2000, which was a few years way. “At the time I wasn’t interested,” Danny explains. “I wanted to play rugby; I had done athletics, I knew it took a lot of dedication, but I liked playing rugby and having a beer afterwards. Once every six months Peter would call me to ask if I’d changed my mind but I kept telling him I wasn’t interested.”
But Peter was relentless in his pursuit and eventually Danny agreed to join one of his squad weekends in January 1998, with a promise that afterwards Peter would leave him alone after he had once again told him he wasn’t interested. So Danny went up to Sheﬃeld to join the squad and very quickly realized there was a reason why he used to run. Danny didn’t touch a rugby ball again for twelve years. “It wasn’t like he had promised me a place in the Paralympics team, it wasn’t that easy, but what he was able to do was say, ‘look, there’s a Paralympics in two years time, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime’,” says Danny. “The competitive side in me came out very quickly and I did my ﬁrst international in 1998 at the World Championships, where I came eighth in the ﬁnal. And that was the start of my athletics career. It was never planned to be twelve years long!” By 1999, it was becoming apparent that Danny had the ability to make the team for Sydney and get into the ﬁnals, so he joined a coach by the name of Ayo Falola, who was coaching 400m runner Donna Fraser at the time. He became her training partner and the three of them worked together for the next ten years. Danny went to Sydney but things didn’t go as planned; he ﬁnished third in the 200 metres. “The bronze for me in the 200 metres was a failure, I was devastated by it. That night in Sydney I didn’t run to the best of my ability. I made a couple of mistakes in the race, so for me in Sydney, I didn’t win a bronze, I actually lost a gold. That was very tough and it took me a long time to recover from it. But I was never really a 200m runner.” From then on, Danny concentrated on becoming the best 800m runner he could be, and in 2004 when to the Paralympic Games in Athens, where he won a gold medal and set a new world record. “The gold in Athens in 2004 is my
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proudest moment. Not because of winning the gold – of course, that’s a major part of it – but predominantly because all my mates were out there. I had 35 friends and family there and being able to share that win and that moment with them was pretty special. To come oﬀ that track and see them all there going absolutely mad made it all worthwhile. And the party at the end of it was pretty good!” After the triumph at Athens, Danny set his sights ﬁrmly on the 2006 World Championships. After winning there, he could claim to have taken gold at every major meeting in Paralympic athletics. As he likes to put it, this was “the icing on his career cake.” As Danny’s career continued to ﬂourish, he was looking forward to defending his title in Beijing 2008. He was given the honour of carrying the GB ﬂag at the opening ceremony, but before his race, he was struck down with a recurrence of an injury he had been ﬁghting for the best part of the ﬁve months leading up to the games. “The day I arrived at the training camp in China, I went out for a jog and started struggling again and actually found myself unable to run. I had the honour of carrying the ﬂag at the opening ceremony, but at that stage I had mixed emotions because I knew I was still in trouble. “The next day we made a decision, with the race one week away, to anesthetise my ankle to block out any pain and try to train, but my calf gave away again and that was when I ruled out Beijing. After ﬁve months of battling to get back, I found myself unable to run. It was probably the lowest point of my athletics career.” After Beijing, Danny spent months in rehab trying to get ﬁt again. He had lost his funding and sponsorship deals, but was determined to prove that his athletics career wasn’t over. “I was 34 and a lot of people were writing me oﬀ as an athlete and saying that the injuries came because I was too old, and I wanted to prove that I wasn’t,” says Danny.
c To come off that track and see them all there going absolutely mad made it all worthwhile d It was going well in training, then one month before the race that was to prove that he could compete with the best – the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2009 – he pulled a hamstring. He had just four weeks to recover, not nearly long enough. “I probably should have pulled out of the World Cup, but I didn’t, and they got me ﬁt again. So, I lined up on the track, had a good warm up, felt ok. I was in third place, just coming round the bend with 200 metres to go, moved into second, just about to attack the leader, when my hamstring gave way again. For the ﬁrst time ever in my career I crashed the track and didn’t ﬁnish the race. And that was the ﬁrst race my son, Henry, and my ﬁrst born, had been at, and it was devastating for me to sit at the side of the track and watch the race unfold in front of me. And that was when I decided I’d had enough and I couldn’t take it anymore.” Danny reluctantly decided to retire; but only after he had one more race – the Crystal Palace Grand Prix. “It was a very nervous time for me because we didn’t know if the hamstring would hold out. It was my big race, in front of 19,000 people, and I got to say goodbye the way I wanted, the way I’d always dreamt it, in front of a home crowd.”
It was a ﬁtting way to end a career that had surprised many except those who knew him well. Since retiring, Danny has established himself as one of Britain’s top platform motivational speakers, where his natural charm and humour shine through. He will also be part of the Channel 4 presenting team for this years Paralympic games in London. How does he feel about that? “Mixed emotions really, because I’d like to be running,” he says. “But there’s a lot of exciting athletes and it’s deﬁnitely on target to be much, much better than Beijing.” Never one to rest on his laurels, Danny likes to set himself a new challenge every year, cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End last year, and running the London Marathon this month. “Everyone’s got goals and ambitions and sometimes we don’t necessarily know they are goals and ambitions, we sometimes perceive them to be daydreams, and a lot of people don’t believe they can achieve them and my goal is to say go for it, take a chance. We’ve all got friends that will tell you until they’re blue in the face what they could have been, but I’d always rather be a person that said I tried to be. And whether I made it or not is irrelevant, but the fact that tried, means I found EL out.”
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Leonard Bernstein‘s musical comedy Wonderful Town, starring Connie Fisher opens at Milton Keynes Theatre on 24 – 28 April. You can also catch it at Norwich Theatre Royal on 5 – 9 June.
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Mirror Mirror An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in the new take on the story of Snow White starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Sean Bean. Fri 6th
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21 April is Record Store Day - the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl releases, meet and greets. DJs and more. Participating record shops include Blast Music, Braintree; Lewks, Downham Market, Davids Music, Letchworth; Compact Music, Sudbury; Music Mania, Clacton, and Better Leisure, Gt Yarmouth. For full information about the event and other shops in the region, go to www.recordstoreday.co.uk
REGION One of the most revered record collections in the world - that of music legend John Peel - is to be made into an interactive online museum for the public. The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, and its Norwich project partner Eye Film and Television have been granted funding for the project and given exclusive access by the family to John Peel’s record collection which includes 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs. Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel’s wife and Patron of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts told us: “We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted. This project is only the beginning of something very exciting”. www.johnpeelcentreforcreativearts.co.uk
The most fashionable event in the region is back! On 20 April, The apex in Bury St Edmunds, Suﬀolk, will once again be hosting its annual Fashion Fusion event in aid of local St Nicholas’ Hospice Care. The 2012 fashion show will be split into two halves; the ﬁrst will focus on Young Fashion while the second half will showcase Exclusive Fashion – giving an array of local high street and independent retailers the chance to parade their new stock and set the trends for the upcoming season. This year, the event is set to be bigger than ever with the introduction of a glamorous after show beauty and retail therapy event. The stunning Atrium area, with its beautiful high ceilings and balcony overlooking the shops in the Arc, will be packed with local retailers displaying goods including jewellery and accessories. There will also be demonstrations from local beauticians oﬀering guests tips and ideas on how to complete their look. For more information go to www.theapex.co.uk or www.eastlife.co.uk/fashionfusion
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Arch Label Agency in Stamford, Lincs, is the place to go for pre-owned quality designer clothes and accessories at affordable prices. You will find this small and friendly boutique on Maiden Lane near Stamford Arts Centre. “A lot of the pieces are new and unworn still with tags, it’s amazing what comes into the shop” says Susie Archer, the owner, who opened the shop in May 2003. “I do believe that fast fashion has had its day and people appreciate well made beautiful pieces that will bring pleasure wear after wear. If you love great quality clothes then you will love Arch Label Agency.” Arch Label Agency 10a, Maiden Lane, Stamford 01780 764746 www.archlabelagency.com
Keen to get into the spirit of things, Handmade by Hadley’s is launching a brand new range of British-inspired pots and ice cream flavours to ‘fly the flag’ this summer; all of them produced at their dairy farm in Colne Engaine, Essex. The pots will feature an exciting new design to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games, while flavours will be a twist on traditional British favourites. Working with local companies Jules & Sharpie now based at Tiptree and The Salvation Army chefs at Hadleigh Farm (where the Olympic Mountain Biking will take place) these ideas are certainly a joint venture. “It has been exciting to work with Jules & Sharpie, and lots of tastings have narrowed down our ideas” explains owner and chief ice cream maker, Jane Hadley. “I am so proud and excited about the Olympic Games and the celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. I felt that the items in the freezer cabinets needed to reflect the interest and design traits that have been happening in the ambient sections of the shops.” www.handmadebyhadleys.co.uk
REGION The Suffolk Marmalade Festival will be held at All Saints' Church, Thorndon on 21 April, with marmalade competition and stalls. family entertainment, BBQ, refreshments and more. www.suffolkmarmaladefestival.onesuffolk.net
Deliciously fragrant, light yet delectably chewy, these divinely decadent French-style macaroons are experiencing a revival thanks to the artistry and flair of some of the top Parisian tea salons. But there’s no need to go to France, these macaroons are handmade in Suffolk. Delices de Paris macaroons make perfect gifts,an original substitute for chocolate, or great wedding favours. Flavours include Rose, Chestnut, Vilet, Chocolate and Orange Blossom. A box of ten is £15. Find them at Wyken Vineyard Farmers’ Market every other Saturday or order from 07921 452180 www.delicesdeparis.co.uk
Norfolk Saffron, England’s first modern-day commercial saffron producer, is based at Burnham Norton, where it grows the world’s most precious spice. The 2011 crop has already sold out and new jars of pure Norfolk saffron thread will be available in the autumn. In the meantime, you can read the story of saffron as well as discover some great recipes in this book by Norfolk Saffron’s proprietor, Sally Francis. Sally is an agricultural botanist and consultant with a long standing interest in 'alternative crops’ and has been selling saffron from family’s North Norfolk smallholding since 2009. They also produce a range of delicious home-made foods containing our saffron, which they sell, along with saffron spice, at craft fairs and farmers' markets. The book, £12, is available from www.norfolksaffron.com
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With over 30 years’ experience in the region, F.M.C. BUILDERS combine local knowledge with expert advice to deliver the best possible service. With specialist skills in: • Extensions • Unity home repair systems • Electric and gas • Roofing • Timber • Driveways • Kitchens • Bathrooms • uPVC windows and conservatories All your building needs can be catered for. No job too big or small. All proposals are welcome and undertaken. For a free, impartial discussion and quotation, please do not hesitate to contact F.M.C. BUILDERS at anytime. We are proud to offer free portfolio and past customer reviews upon request.
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Stunning apartments on the regenarated Ipswich Waterfront from Savills New Homes
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proud to be one of Ipswich’s adopted sons and so I know at ﬁrst hand what this exciting county town has to oﬀer. It has an unrivalled quality of life which can be enjoyed by all who live here. But for anyone who hasn’t visited lately, now would be a good time to drop in and see just how the town has been transformed”, comments Alex Leader of Savills New Homes. Well placed to enjoy Suﬀolk’s many attractions from countryside to coast, as well as a wide range of urban entertainment and leisure activities, the inhabitants of Ipswich have access to an enviable lifestyle. Opportunities for shopping, relaxing, wining and dining abound. All this and highly commutable too - it is possible to get to London’s Liverpool Street station in only 75 minutes by rail. “Buying a new home in Ipswich can also oﬀer more property for less budget compared with other parts of the East of England”, continues Alex. “Prices for apartments are considerably lower in Ipswich than Cambridge or Norwich for example,
yet you can still get the same quality of life, space and beneﬁts of living in a cosmopolitan city in this wonderful county town.” The jewel in the crown is without doubt the regenerated Waterfront Quarter which has now become an important symbol for 21st century Ipswich as a place to live, work, invest and enjoy. And live there people do; in an array of new homes that share the scene with numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. Down by the waterside, a wide variety of househunters from all around the country have been attracted to The Mill: ﬁrst time buyers, professional couples, those looking to downsize, and investors buying to let, attracted by the rate of return. “The Mill is a truly dynamic
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This is the time to Spring into action, to tidy and declutter. There are lots of great and good looking ways to store your treasures, trash and trivia so here are a few that have caught my attention and may prove useful in your home. Fenella Fairrie.
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Dresser to Impress A classic timeless piece, guaranteed to enhance your Kitchen or Dining Room and provide a combination of practical and esthetic purpose. The muted tones will work well in classic or more contemporary surroundings. Suffolk based Melvin Isaac Piper has been making fine cabinetry and joinery for over forty years. A bespoke service offering quality and exquisite finish. This dresser is a prime example of a classic English traditional piece finished with a contemporary touch. See the website: www.specialistcabinetmakers.com for a sneak preview of what other beautiful pieces can be made.
Stash your Trash Make rubbish, or the sorting and storing of it, cool with the Seletti Recycle Bins Set of 3. You would be pleased to have this slick design item to use everyday. Made up of 3 separate bins for plastic, paper and glass and made from sturdy hard-wearing plastic, this earthy coloured practical gem will work with most Kitchen schemes. The magnetic strip keeps the lid sealed and the contents covered and the rope handle makes moving around easy. Check out the Heals website for more info: www.heals.co.uk
interiors Bench Treasure Chest A bench chest with snug fitting wicker baskets is an ideal solution for stylish added storage. Perfect in the kitchen, living room, a playroom, hallway or bedroom. An attractive and versatile storage solution that can be used to hide away all manor of things, fill the baskets and hide them away. Similar design are manufactured by lots of companies but I particularly like this Southwold bench available from The Holding Company http://www.theholdingcompany.co.uk
Tins Cake tins are nothing new but they are a vital item for any busy Kitchen. To store your sweet and savoury treats, to hide away goodies from prying eyes, to preserve and protect. Aside from edible treats you can squirrel away bits and bobs, sewing things, garden seeds, pens and pencils to name but a few. So when I saw this slate coloured 3 Tier Cake Tin set that was not exclusively foodie, it grabbed my attention. Cool cake tins to use as you choose! Available from Saffron Walden based Angela Reed at £39.00 a set, see www.angelareed.co.uk
File Away Whether an addition to your home office or an addition to your home a filing cabinet especially a funky coloured one such as this, will proove invaluable when trying to keep order. While undoubtedly a practical piece a fun colour will lighten the tone and blend with everyday living. With 9 drawers you can have a section for everything, file away all your paperwork and prevent the piles from growing. How efficient! Visit John Lewis in Cambridge or Norwich, www.johnlewis.co.uk for this and other effective filing cabinet options.
Basket Case A well made shopping basket will last you well and can be used for all sorts of tasks around the home, not to mention fruit and vegetable harvesting, picnics, storing kindling and even a country cottage style makeshift magazine rack. Suffolk based Jonathan Gordon makes beautiful baskets in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes. See Jonathan’s website www.willowbaskets.co.uk for this Large Rectangular shopping basket at £26.00 amongst others.
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