Alicia Denoon

Alicia Denoon is a survivor of a brain tumor which left her with balance and coordination difficulties as well as a visual impairment. She describes swimming as her sport, hobby and passion. She also encourages other kids with disability to get involved in her sport because it has changed her life so much.

She will make her international debut at the Parapan American Games in Mexico qualifying in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley. She had met the standards early this year in both events then confirmed her spot at the Can Am championships in Gatineau, Que. She says her biggest improvements in the water are her racing skills and her competitiveness.

Denoon, currently a Grade 9 high school student, started swimming for the Guelph Marlins at age seven. She discovered that the water made it easier for her to execute physical skills that she had struggled with since her cancer treatments. She gained physical strength and as she gained strength in her muscles her swimming skills improved as well as her coordination on dry land. She started racing in Para swimming events at age 10 and is now a nationally-carded athlete and Canadian record holder.

In addition, Denoon and other members of her family have competed in triathlons. However she says her main focus at the competitive level for the foreseeable future is in swimming.


Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 4