Re-enforcing Ability: Canadian Paralympians


The caption on this advertisement reads:  “She doesn’t want your sympathy. But her opponents might.”

(Canadian Paralympic Committee / Comité paralympique canadien)

This picture of Stephanie Dixon appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper on March 5, 2011. She is one of Canada’s most successful Paralympic swimmers ever. Born with one leg, Dixon often trained with and competed against able-bodied athletes. She began swimming at age two and by age 14 was already on Canada’s Paralympic team.

Stephanie Dixon has many accomplishments: 

  • Setting numerous world records.
  • Winning 19 medals, the second most by a Canadian.
  • Setting a Canadian record with five gold medals, at her first Paralympics, at age 16 in Sydney.
  • Earning a university degree in psychology.
  • Coaching swimming.
  • Travelling as an ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Association.
  • Being inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.
  • Mentoring up-and-coming athletes with “CIBC Team Next”
  • Training with Canada’s national cross-country relay ski team in Whitehorse.


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