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Di Toro, Daniela (1974 - )

Born
16 October 1974
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Paralympian and Tennis player

Summary

Daniela Di Toro is a champion wheelchair tennis player who, in 1999, was named the Australian Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Year. She was ranked number one in her sport in 2000.

Di Toro was not born with a disability; she lost the use of her legs in 1988 after a wall collapsed on her while she was participating in a school swimming carnival. She credits her success to a meeting with another wheelchair athlete, basketballer Sandy Blyth, who was a rehabilitation worker at the unit where Di Toro was receiving treatment.

Di Toro is still involved in her sport and works as a youth worker in Melbourne, Australia.

Details

Events

1999
Australian Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Year
1999
Winner of the United States Open
2000
Winner of the Australian Open
2000
Silver Medalist at the Sydney Paralympic Games
2004
Winner of the Australian Open
2004
Bronze Medalist at the Athens Paralympic Games

Sources used to compile this entry: Daniela Di Toro File, 1999 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting File; National Sport Information Centre; Smith Amanda, 'The Paralympics', The Sports Factor, ABC Radio National, 13 October 2000, http://www.ausport.gov.au/fulltext/2000/sportsf/s198909.htm.

Archival resources

National Sport Information Centre

  • Daniela Di Toro File, 1999 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting File; National Sport Information Centre. Details

Nikki Henningham

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