Stefan Daniel completed a dream season in 2015, winning the gold medal at the para-triathlon world championships in Chicago. He defeated his top rival – Germany’s Martin Schultz – for the first time in his career.
Born with bilateral radial club hands with his right arm significantly more affected, Daniel began para-triathlon in 2013 at age 16, after winning national titles in high school cross-country and gaining international experience in para-swimming. Local para-cycling coach Stephen Burke helped Daniel modify a racing bicycle to accommodate his disability and from there, his triathlon career took off.
Daniel won a bronze and silver medal in his first two trips to the para-triathlon worlds, in 2013 and 2014.
His world championship victory in 2015 in Chicago secured Canada a spot for the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio, where para-triathlon will make its official debut on the Games program.
The para-triathlon comprises a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
Also in 2015, Daniel won two golds and a silver medal at ITU World Para-triathlon Series events, in addition to the junior men’s national able-bodied triathlon title.
He comes from a very active family, began running in local road races with his parents at a young age and joined the University of Calgary Athletic Club.
2015 - World para-triathlon gold medallist… Canadian junior triathlon champion (able-bodied)… 2014 – World para-triathlon silver medallist
Daniel shares a close bond with his brother, Christian, who has cerebral palsy. Christian is also an accomplished para-swimmer and they have been able to travel and compete together as part of Swimming Canada’s national development team.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2016 – ITU World Para-triathlon Series (Yokohama) 1st
2015 - World Championships 1st
2015 - Canadian junior championships (able-bodied) 1st
2015 - ITU World Para-triathlon Series 1st (London)
2015 - ITU World Para-triathlon Series 2nd (Rio)
2015 - ITU World Para-triathlon Series 1st (Edmonton)
2014 - World Championships 2nd
2013 - World Championships 3rd
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2016 Rio Paralympics
Individual - Men