Para swimming


Moncton, NB


At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Danielle 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. 

Dorris’s goal at the Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials in April 2016 was to push the veterans to go faster. She did more than that as 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.  


2019 IPC World Championships… 2016 Paralympic Games…


Her father Jean-Pierre is a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces… Born with only a portion of her arms…


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


Year Type
Host City
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
1 gold medals

1 gold medals

1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil