Darda Sales

Darada Sales

 

Darda Sales first made her mark in the sporting world as a Paralympic gold and silver medallist and world record holder in swimming. A dynamic athlete, it wasn’t until her career in the pool was winding down that she considered taking up another sport.

In 2009, Sales was on the lookout for a new challenge and the next chapter in her athletic career began after friends invited her to a local pick-up game of wheelchair basketball. She quickly became a big fan of the fast-paced, physical nature of the sport and went on to compete for Team Ontario at the women’s national championships.

Invites to try out for the national team soon followed and Sales earned a spot on the Senior Women’s National Team in 2014.

She says the opportunity to represent Canada is “the greatest honour an athlete can achieve”. With her successful background in swimming, she has a wealth of experience competing on the international stage and hasn’t ruled out making a return to the Paralympic Games, this time on the hardcourt.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2014 - 1st place at the World Championship in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)... Three-time Paralympian in swimming and a Paralympic gold and silver medallist in the 4 x 100m medley relay in 2000 and 2004, respectively

PERSONAL

Off the basketball court, Sales enjoys reading, singing and spending time with her three children.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver

2014 World Championships – Gold  

2004 – Athens Paralympic Games: silver (swimming)

2000 - Sydney Paralympic Games: gold (swimming)

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Freestyle - Womengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsSwimming4 x 100m Medley Relay - Womengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming50m Freestyle - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming400m Freestyle - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Backstroke - Womensilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming4 x 100m Medley Relay - Womensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 12
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 8
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 18
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 7
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 12
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 2
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 8
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 7
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 4
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 1
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 1