Daniel Novia switched to throwing from soccer when he was 14. An injury had forced to him to find a sport that was lower impact. He attended the University of Indiana before transferring to York University where he won back-to-back CIS national titles in the weight throw in 2012 and 2013. He won a silver medal in the hammer throw at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships. He had near-podium results in 2011 and 2014 when he finished fourth.