Danielle Dorris

Danielle Dorris


Danielle Dorris’ goal at the Olympic and Para-swimming Trials in April 2016 was to push the veterans to go faster. She did more than that as she earned a spot on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games team and will be Canada’s youngest Paralympic swimmer ever, at age 13. She qualified in the 100-m butterfly, 200-m individual medley and 100-m backstroke.

Dorris’s introduction to swimming came when she was three years old and living in Moncton, N.B. Her father enrolled her in lessons at the local pool. In the summer of 2008, when Dorris was five, her father was transferred to El Paso, Texas.

The idea of swimming in the Paralympics stuck in Dorris’s mind. While in Texas she played soccer and ran track, but it wasn’t until the family returned to Canada in 2012 that Dorris turned her attention back to swimming again.


Qualified for 2016 Paralympic Games team…


Her father Jean-Pierre is a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces… Born with only a portion of her arms…


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 15
2016 Rio Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Women 10
2016 Rio Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 5