Quick facts

Birthdate

September 22, 2002

Birthplace

Moncton, NB

Residence

Moncton, NB

Sport

Para Swimming

Classification

S8

Experience

Paris 2024

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Danielle Dorris won gold and set a world record in the women’s 50-m butterfly S7 and captured silver in the 100-m backstroke S7. Dorris also finished fourth in the 200-m individual medley SM7. She has continued to be among Canada’s star swimmers ever since.

She equalled that world mark of 32.99 at the 2024 Paralympic Swimming Trials to assure herself a spot on a third Paralympic Games team.

Dorris took home four medals in the S7 category at the 2023 Para World Swimming Championships in Manchester, including gold in the 100-metre backstroke, 50-metre butterfly and 50-metre freestyle as well as bronze in the 200-metre individual medley S7.

At the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, Dorris won gold in the women’s 50-m butterfly S7 and captured silver in the 100-m backstroke S7. She set a championships record of 34.01 in the 50 fly S7.

At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Dorris reached two finals in three individual events, including the 100-m butterfly S8 (6th ) and 100-m backstroke S8 (8th), and lowered her own Canadian S8 record in the preliminaries of the 100 fly.

She earned a spot on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games team where she was Canada’s youngest Paralympic swimmer ever, at age 13. Her highlight in Rio was helping Canada to a fifth-place finish in the 4×100-m medley relay, in Canadian record time.

Her 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.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games… 2019, 2022, 2023 IPC World Championships… In 2016 at age13 she became the youngest member ever named to the Paralympic swimming team…

PERSONAL

Her father Jean-Pierre is a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces… Born with only a portion of her arms… She started swimming at 10… She is coached by Ryan Allen.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 World Championships 50m butterfly 1st

2023 World Championships 50m freestyle 1st

2023 World Championships 100m backstroke 1st

2023 World Championships 200m individual medley 3rd

2022 World Championships 50m butterfly 1st

2022 World Championships 100m backstroke 2nd

2021 Paralympic Games 50m butterfly 1st

2021 Paralympic Games 100m backstroke 2nd

2021 Paralympic Games 200m individual medley 4th

2019 IPC World Championships 100m butterfly 6th

2019 IPC World Championships 100m backstroke 8th

2016 Paralympic Games 4X100-m medley relay 5th

Paralympic Medals

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