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DENNISTON Dave
Sport Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age40
Height1.90 m
Weight 82 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Longmont, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Higher education
Auburn University: Auburn, AL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at the age of eight, after his friends invited him to be the fourth swimmer in a relay competition.
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, hunting, camping. (fitterandfaster.com, 25 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
He received the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Inspiration Award. (US Paralympics, 02 Mar 2010)

Before his accident he enjoyed success as an able bodied swimmer. He was 1999 NCAA champion in the 200m breaststroke, he helped the United States break the world short course record for the 4x100m medley relay in Moscow in 2002, and competed at the World Championships in 2003. (US Paralympics, 02 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
He wants to raise public awareness of Paralympic athletes, who receive so little attention for their had work and dedication. (US Paralympics, 02 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He damaged his spine in a sledding accident in Wyoming in 2005 which left him without the use of his legs. (US Paralympics, 02 Mar 2010)
Other information
COACHING
In 2010 he was named Coaching Fellow of the Paralympic Swimming Resident Program at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs. He is the US Paralympic Swimming Resident Team coach. (goswim.tv, 23 Feb 2010; usparalympics.org, 12 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2008 50m Backstroke S5 53.07
9 2008 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:53.23
9 2008 50m Butterfly S5 45.89
  2008 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
4 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:43.00