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Danielle Dorris

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Health Studies, Physical Education - McGill University: Montreal, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Moncton, NB, Canada, and started competing at age 10.
Why this sport?
Her father enrolled her in swimming lessons at a pool in Moncton, NB, Canada. At age five she moved to El Paso, TX, United States of America, due to her father's work commitments with the Canadian Armed Forces. She played football and took part in athletics while she was there, but when the family returned to Canada in 2012 she began pursuing swimming again. "It's really just a way for me to forget about all my worries and it helps me. It's like my form of meditation and relaxation."
Club / Team
Club de Natation Bleu et Or [CAN] / High Performance Centre - Quebec [CAN]:
Name of coach
Mike Thompson [Quebec]
Training Regime
She trains at the national high performance centre in Montreal, QC, Canada.

General interest

Nicknames
Danny (Facebook profile, 19 Oct 2019)
Hobbies
Football, athletics. (swimming.ca, 16 Feb 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Across The Line Facebook page, 12 Jun 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak. (globalnews.ca, 17 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Get it done, do it fast and just have fun with it." (swimming.ca, 16 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. She would also like to pursue a career as a physical education teacher. (paralympic.org, 10 Jan 2022; ici.radio-canada.ca, 06 Nov 2020)
Impairment
She was born with underdeveloped arms. (swimming.ca, 16 Feb 2020)
Other information
TRAINING DURING COVID
She was unable to train normally during the COVID-19 pandemic after her local facilities were forced to close, and instead used her family's swim spa. "It has a tether on it, and a giant jet, so the water can push against me so I can swim against it. It is very different from swimming in a real pool. In an actual pool, I can do the flip turns, I can do the push off the wall, and the dives, but in the swim spa all you can really work on is resistance work." (919thebend.ca, 29 Mar 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2016-09-09 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 2016-09-13 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 5