female Para canoeist Susan Seipel

Susan Seipel


Susan Seipel was encouraged to pick up Para canoe after an Australian Canoeing “Come and Try Day” in 2012 and since has honed her skills in the sport.

After back-to-back World Championship podium finishes, Seipel earned her spot at Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Seipel paddled to the women’s KL2 bronze medal, and she continues to remain a top-three contender, not just in kayak, but also the Va’a boats.

The VL2 category was the only women’s Va’a event added to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic programme, and Seipel has shown to be amongst the strongest in the event.

After winning 2017 Worlds gold, she opened the following season with a bronze medal in the World Cup in Szeged, Hungary.

Seipel was born with a rare disorder called arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, characterised by the fusion of joints and absent muscle formation in her legs. She took up swimming and competed internationally in Para equestrian before making the switch to Para canoe.


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's KL2 Heat 2 2016-09-14 2
Women's KL2 Final 2016-09-15 3
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Kayak Single KL2 Heat 1 2021-09-02 4
Women's Va'a Single VL2 Heat 2 2021-09-02 1
Women's Va'a Single VL2 Final 2021-09-03 2
Women's Kayak Single KL2 Final A 2021-09-04 7
Women's Kayak Single KL2 Semifinal 1 2021-09-04 3