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 silver and bronze medal.

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 Championships in Duisburg, Germany. She was in the form of …

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Date of birth
4 April 1986
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
How acquired
Tallai, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
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


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

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