For the third straight year in 2019, Stefan Daniel was crowned world champion in the men's triathlon PT5 disability category at the Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was undefeated in the ITU events in 2019 posting victories at the World Cup event in Tokyo, the Paratriathlon Series stops in Montreal and Yokohama and the Americas Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
At the end of the 2019 season, he has earned 24 podium finishes in 38 ITU races including 19 wins. In able bodied competition he helped the University of Calgary to the national university cross country running crown.
He completed the 2018 season by successfully defending his world championship title in Gold Coast, Australia. It was his third career world crown.
Daniel made history in 2016 becoming the first Canadian triathlete ever to win a Paralympic Games medal with a silver in Rio where the sport made its Paralympic debut.
He 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.
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.
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.