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
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

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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