Quick facts


July 23, 1989


Bedford, NS


Bedford, NS


Para Swimming


Rio 2016

Toronto 2015

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Danial Murphy competed in three events. His best result was 13th in the 200-m freestyle.

Murphy set a record-breaking pace qualifying for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Toronto Parapan Am Games.  In Toronto, he reached five finals and set Canadian records in the 50-m freestyle and 50-m butterfly. In Glasgow, he swam in four events.

Murphy was firing on all cylinders in 2014. At the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., he earned bronze medals in the 200-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke. He broke the Canadian record in his category in the 200-m free as well as the 100-m backstroke and helped Canada to a national mark in the 4×50-m medley relay.

At the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, the freestyle specialist competed in four events. He reached two finals, placing seventh in the 100-m freestyle and eighth in the 200-m freestyle. He also set a personal best in the 200-m individual medley.

As a child. Murphy spent a lot of time in hospital and doctors were unsure whether he would walk. His favourite activity, besides swimming, is walking. He maintains a healthy lifestyle and he is grateful to the doctors, coaches and his family who encouraged him to play sports with other able-bodied children.


2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan Am Games and IPC World Championships…Also competed at 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015 IPC Worlds


Murphy has cerebral palsy. Started swimming at age nine after trying several other sports… Studies at Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth and would like a career in sport administration and coaching. He trains with the Sackville Waves Aquatic Team.


2016 Paralympic Games 200m freestyle 13th

2015 Parapan American Games 4X50-m freestyle relay 3rd

2015 Parapan American Games 50-m fly 4th

2015 Parapan American Games 200-m free 4th

2015 Parapan American Games 100-m free 5th

2015 Parapan American Games 50-m free  5th

2015 Parapan American Games 50-m back 6th

2015 Parapan American Games 200-m IM 7th

2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming 200-m free 3rd

2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming 100-m back 3rd

2013 IPC Worlds 100-m free 7th

2013 IPC Worlds 200-m free 8th