ATHLETE PROFILE - Danielle Dorris - Para Swimming


Danielle Dorris was born with a congenital double amputation of her arms which resulted in her not having fully formed hands and no forearm. This amputation did not stop Danielle in sport or life and she played most sports by adapting her technique. Danielle started taking swimming lesson at 3 years old and was a natural in the water. In 2012, following advice from Swim Canada and Swim Ontario coaches, Danielle joined the Carleton Place Water Dragons Swim Team. Once her swim category was determined a year later, Danielle qualified for the Canadian American Championship at 11 but did not attend due to her move to Moncton with her family. In Moncton, she joined Club Natation Bleu et Or (CNBO) and under the mentorship and coaching of Ryan Allen she rocketed up the para swimming world ranking in Butterfly and qualified and took part in the Rio Paralympics’ Games in 2016 at the age of 13. Danielle was the youngest ever Canadian to qualify for the Paralympics.
Since Rio, Danielle won one silver and three bronze medals at the 2018 Para Pan-Pacific Swimming Championship, in Cairns Australia. In 2019, she competed at the World Para Swimming Championship in London and made three finals with a personal best 6th place in the S8 100M butterfly. Danielle is the current holder of three long course and eight short course Canadian records.
2020/21 will be a big year for Danielle, she will begin her Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Health at McGill University in Montreal. She will be transferring from CNBO to High Performance Para Swimming Centre in Montreal as she train and prepares for the Toyko Paralympics’ Games.