Coach: Stacey Taurima
Event: 4x400m Relay
Daniel was forced to quit playing rugby when he was 15 due to sustaining too many injuries (broken left arm three times, a couple of concussions and minor hamstring and groin strains), and he wanted to continue playing a sport, so decided to try athletics because it looked challenging and he was lucky enough to attend a school that had a tartan track. “From then on athletics has been the only sport that I have played and care about.”
At 18 he ran sprint PBs of 10.94, 21.75 and 48.07. Two years later, during the 2016/17 domestic season he started to concentrate on the 400m and trimmed his PB on three occasions to a competitive best of 47.05 and placed fifth at nationals. After a winter of training under coach Stacey Taurima, he started the 2017/18 season with a series of improvements. He ran 46.38 in November, then 46.31 in December. There was another quick time of 46.35 in January and then a win in the Queensland championships. At the Australian Championships and CG trials, he placed second in a good time of 46.37 after three rounds. The week after he was selected in the 4x400m event for the Commonwealth Games.
He is studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland and his hobbies are golf and fishing. His father Kerry Mowen represented Papua New Guinea in rugby league and uncle Max Mowen represented Papua New Guinea in swimming at 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. Cousin Ben Mowen captained Australian rugby team and cousins Justine and Jordan Mowen have represented Australia at beach volleyball.
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