Daniel Wallace’s parents sold home to fund dreams

Golden boy Daniel Wallace
Golden boy Daniel Wallace
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SWIMMING sensation Daniel Wallace has revealed his parents sold their North Berwick home to fund his dreams.

The 21-year-old sealed victory in the 400 metres individual medley at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night.

His win came as a moment of redemption for the University of Florida student, who feared earlier this year that he would be axed from Team Scotland after he was arrested in the US for urinating on a police car and suspended by his American swim team.

And his relief was plain for all to see as he yelled a Braveheart-inspired “For Freedom” when he touched the wall to clinch the win.

His golden moment came three years after his mum and dad sold their home so they could afford to send him to the United States.

Wallace said: “It was kind of my parents. They love me and want to support me. They believed it was going to be worth it in the end.

“They knew how good I could be and made me think there was no doubt in their minds.

“It was the right decision in the end to move to Florida, it’s all starting to pay off now.

“They sent me off on a plane with the belief that I was going to be okay and I made sure I tried my hardest and lived up to the potential they believed I had.”

Meanwhile, city-born judo star Euan Burton has been relecting on his career after claiming gold in his last ever bout at Glasgow 2014.

The 35-year-old had temporarily come out of retirement to fight for Scotland one last time, having suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the Olympics in 2012.

Burton, who coaches at Ratho, said: “I have played my part as an athlete for the last 15 years for Judo Scotland, most of the time representing Great Britain but certainly doing that with my Scottish cap on.

“Now I have been on the coaching staff for two years and am very proud of the players on the team.

“These achievements are a credit not just to the players, who are the ones who do all of the hard work and without that no-one gets any medals, but the people behind them, the coaches, the physios, the strength-and-conditioning guys, all of the staff at Judo Scotland, they helped to make this happen.”