Stefan has never thought of himself as disabled, to him he’s just like everyone else. Born with bilateral radial club hands, the 20-year-old’s right arm is significantly shorter than his left arm, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the best triathletes in the world.
At just 16, Daniel took part in his first paratriathlon world championships in 2013 and a won bronze medal. Since then, he has won silver in 2014 and became a world champion in 2015. In 2016 he won a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio in his first Paralympics Games and 2017 landed him second in the world with six gold medals for the season. He’s built quite the resume in just a few short years, and he’s really only just getting started.
Growing up, Daniel didn’t have to look too far for inspiration in sports. His dad was an ironman racer and his mother competed in marathons. His older brother Christian was born with cerebral palsy and was a member of Canada’s Paralympic swim team.
- Winner of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam;
- Winner of the 2017 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup;
- Winner of the 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships;
- Winner of the 2017 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup; and
- Winner of the 2017 Gold Coast ITU World Paratriathlon Series.
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