ATHLETE PROFILE - Danielle DuPlessis - Wheelchair Basketball
Danielle was always passionate about sports, playing basketball,
soccer, and volleyball at the highest levels provincially.
Unfortunately, a series of serious knee injuries sustained throughout
high school and university left her unable to play stand-up sports as
she could no longer run or jump safely. Because of this, she turned to
parasport as a way to continue to compete and stay active.
In 2017, she started playing wheelchair basketball with the New
Brunswick Canada Games team and in the Maritime League, where she
earned top female scorer and rookie of the year honours in her first
year playing. Danielle was invited to her first team Canada camp only
a few months after she got into the sport and was quick to transition
to the national team level. In 2018 Danielle moved to Toronto to hone
her skills at the National Team Academy while attending University of
Since then, Danielle has earned a position on the Senior Women's team,
playing at tournaments in the United States, France, Germany, and
Japan. Her first year on the team culminated in a Gold medal win at
the 2019 Para Pan Am games in Lima, Peru. She has also received
tremendous support from her community as a sponsored athlete with
Sunrise Medical Canada and a CAN Fund 150 Women award winner.
She is currently training for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics and working
on her Master's in Rehabilitation Science at the University of