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Danielle Kisser



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Vancouver, BC, CAN
Higher education
Linguistics - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her father taught her to swim breaststroke as a child. In 2008 her brother's swim coach encouraged her to pursue swimming training.
Why this sport?
She played basketball, softball and football at high school. "I come from a very athletic family, so sports have always been a big part of my life. Throughout both the soccer and softball seasons, the other girls got faster, they grew taller, and keeping up with them was becoming more and more difficult and I was so frustrated, but when one door closes, another one opens. That door was the front entrance of the Sungod Recreation Pool in Delta, British Columbia. My brother was in swim club before and his coach told me that I will be very good if I started. I was not a big fan in the beginning but I grew love for it."
Club / Team
CHP-Quebec [CAN] / Laval University [CAN]:
Training Regime
She swims between 10 and 14 hours per week.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Dee (Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2020)
Outdoor activities, reading, writing, listening to music. (YouTube channel, 13 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (YouTube channel, 15 Jan 2020)
In October 2014 she underwent a double-leg osteotomy. The surgery involved her tibia and fibula bones being broken, screws installed and her ankles rotated to realign with her knees. She was in a wheelchair until January 2015. (, 25 Aug 2016;, 02 Apr 2016)

In 2011 she experienced numbness and tingling in her arms while swimming. An MRI scan revealed a bone poking into her spinal column, which was causing nerve damage. She had surgery, which resulted in a month out of the pool. (Facebook page, 27 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Listen to your coach and listen to your body." (YouTube channel, 15 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She received the 2012/13 Fairplay Leadership Award from Delta Sungod Swim Club in Canada. (, 07 Oct 2013)
Famous relatives
Her mother has played and coached in several national football tournaments in Canada. (, 24 Oct 2011)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 26 Mar 2017)
She was born with achondroplasia. (, 25 Aug 2011)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2013-08-12 9
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2013-08-13 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2013-08-15 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2013-08-15 8