Six-time Paralympian Danni Di Toro was 14 when a wall collapsed on her at a school swimming carnival, causing her to become a paraplegic. A keen sportswoman, Danni feared she had no future in sport until meeting wheelchair basketball legend Sandy Blythe while undergoing rehabilitation for her injuries.

With Sandy by her side during her recovery, Danni was inspired to take up wheelchair tennis, bursting onto the international scene in 1989. Australia’s foremost female wheelchair tennis player, Danni won 10 Australian Open singles titles including nine between the years 2000 and 2008, the US Open twice and is a dual world singles champion.

Competing in five Paralympic Games as a wheelchair tennis player, Danni first medalled at Sydney 2000, winning silver in the women’s doubles with Branka Pupovac, with singles bronze coming four years later in Athens.

Danni briefly retired from wheelchair tennis in 2005 to focus on her studies …

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Date of birth
16 October 1974
Para-table tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Wall collapse
Brunswick, VIC
Chinese medicine practitioner and athlete
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Australia winning the 1999 World Team Cup

Greatest sporting moments

Being a part of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games


  • Sport: Para-table tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: 4

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