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Darda Sales

Swimming | Wheelchair Basketball


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Brad, children Dezmin-Peter, Quinlan and Jaclyn
Other names
Darda Geiger
London, ON, CAN
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Western Ontario: London, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began in 2009 at age 27 in London, ON.
Why this sport?
She was looking for a competitive outlet and friends asked her to play.
Club / Team
London Aquatic Club: London, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Paul Bowes, CAN, from 2009

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

"Singing, reading, motivational speaking to promote the importance of focusing on your abilities, the power of working hard to achieve your goals and the Paralympic movement." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the World Championships in 2014. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2000 Female Athlete of the Year in Sarnia, ON, Canada. (, 26 Mar 2010)

She won the 1998 International Yes I Can Award in North Carolina, United States of America for athletics. (, 26 Jul 2010)
Other sports
Swimming. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Famous relatives
Her husband Brad Sales represented Canada in para-swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2000 and 2004. (, 26 Mar 2010)
"To be the best player I can be and learn something new everyday." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
She lost her right leg after a farming accident at age two. (, 26 Jul 2010)
Other information
She has worked as an athlete therapeutic recreational therapist. (, 26 Jul 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 8
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 9999
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women Group A 2016-09-08 1
Women Group A 2016-09-10 5
Women Group A 2016-09-11 7
Women Group A 2016-09-12 10
Women Group A - Standings 2016-09-12 3
Women Quarterfinal 2016-09-13 301
Women Classification 5-6 2016-09-16 1