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David Denniston



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Longmont, CO, USA
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

Fishing, hunting, camping. (, 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)
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)
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
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. (, 23 Feb 2010;, 12 Nov 2011)