No matter which way you cut it, Susan Seipel is a competitor.

For more than 20 years, she nurtured a dream of representing Australia at the Paralympic Games, and finally had that opportunity when Para-canoe made its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

But Para-canoe was not Susan’s first choice. It wasn’t her second either. In fact, were it not for the financial strain of competing in Para-equestrian – a sport in which she had already won an international bronze medal – there’s every chance that Susan would never have picked up a paddle. Never have won three world titles. Or a Paralympic bronze medal. Or, if the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games go to plan, a gold.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Susan was fresh off winning gold in the women’s va’a VL2 and bronze in the women’s kayak KL2 at the 2016 International Canoe Federation Para-canoe World …

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Date of birth
4 April 1986
Sport
Para-canoe
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Tallai, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2014
First competed for Australia
2014
Sport career highlights

Winning three World Championships gold medals in the women’s va’a VL2, and a bronze medal in the women’s kayak KL2 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: Kayak Classification: KL2
  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: Va'a Classification: VL2

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