Coaching Association of Canada

Stephanie Dixon

Nineteen-time Paralympic Games medalist Stephanie Dixon is one of Canada's most accomplished international swimmers. Dixon, who was born missing her right leg and hip, began swimming lessons when she was two. At thirteen she started competing against swimmers who didn’t have disabilities and by fourteen she had made Canada’s national para swim team. In September 2003 she enrolled in psychology at the University of Victoria to pursue her swimming career. She has won seven Paralympic gold medals, ten silver and two bronze. In addition to her Paralympic accomplishments, Dixon has also won seven Parapan American Games medals in the pool, including six golds.

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2010, Dixon moved to Whitehorse, where she coaches swimming, works as a fitness expert, is an advocate for Disability Rights with the Yukon Human Rights Commission. She continues to have a strong presence in the Canadian sport community and is an ambassador for Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities supporting Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project. She is Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in November 2016. Stephanie was also a member of CPC’s broadcast team at the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She has been appointed to the Order of Canada. While proud of her personal success, Dixon remains passionate about the pushing forward and evolving equal opportunity in sport across the country.