Canada's Stefan Daniel named athlete of the month

October 17, 2017

Stefan Daniel of Calgary, who recently won his second Para triathlon world title in three years, was named the Americas athlete of the month for September by the Americas Paralympic Committee.

The 20-year-old took the men’s PTS5 event in Rotterdam on Friday September 15, finishing in one hour and 01.20 minutes, about two minutes ahead of runner-up Jairo Ruiz Lopez of Spain.


The 2016 Paralympic Games silver medallist received 67 per cent of the public votes. Colombian cyclist Carolina Munevar received 33 per cent. US archer Jeff Fabry was also on the shortlist.

Daniel is the third Canadian to win the award this year. Sledge hockey player Adam Dixon of Midland, Ont., (April) and wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., (June) were also honored following world championship gold performances

The victory for Daniel was another chapter in what is shaping up to be storybook career for the youngster who was born with bilateral radial club hands, with his right arm significantly more affected.

Raised in an athletic family who share a passion for swimming, biking and running, Daniel began triathlon just five years ago. He first introduced himself to the triathlon world by winning a bronze (2013) and silver medal (2014) in his first two trips to the World Championships.