Stefan Daniel completing the race in the Rio triathlon
Stefan Daniel headshot

Stefan Daniel

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para Triathlon

Hometown

Calgary, AB

Canada’s Stefan Daniel completed the 2018 season by successfully defending his world championship title in Gold Coast, Australia. It was his third career world crown.

Daniel made history in 2016 becoming the first Canadian triathlete ever to win a Paralympic Games medal with a silver in Rio where the sport made its Paralympic debut.

He completed a dream season in 2015, winning the gold medal at the Para triathlon world championships in Chicago. He defeated his top rival – Germany’s Martin Schultz – for the first time in his career.

Daniel began Para triathlon in 2013 at age 16, after winning national titles in high school cross-country and gaining international experience in Para swimming. Local Para cycling coach Stephen Burke helped Daniel modify a racing bicycle to accommodate his disability and from there, his triathlon career took off.

Daniel won a bronze and silver medal in his first two trips to the Para triathlon worlds, in 2013 and 2014.

The Para triathlon comprises a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

Also in 2015, Daniel won two golds and a silver medal at ITU World Para-triathlon Series events, in addition to the junior men’s national able-bodied triathlon title.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015, 2017, 2018 - World Para triathlon gold medallist… 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Canadian junior triathlon champion (able-bodied)… 2014 – World Para triathlon silver medallist

 

PERSONAL

Born with bilateral radial club hands with his right arm significantly more affected… Daniel shares a close bond with his brother, Christian, who has cerebral palsy… He comes from a very active family, began running in local road races with his parents at a young age and joined the University of Calgary Athletic Club.

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2018 World Championships 1st

2017 World Championships 1st

2016 Paralympic Games 2nd

2015 - World Championships 1st

2015 - Canadian junior championships (able-bodied) 1st

2014 - World Championships 2nd

2013 - World Championships 3rd