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'A dream is only crazy until you do it'
Stefan's journey in the sport began at the age of twelve as a swimmer in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta.
By his mid-teens he had become one of Canada’s top young para-swimmers — winning Nationals and international medals. Stefan’s impressive athletic ability emerged again when he joined the University of Calgary Athletic Club as a young teen and quickly began winning provincial track and cross country running events —eventually winning the Canadian High School Cross Country Championship in 2014.
Stefan made his triathlon debut in 2013 and swiftly rose through the ranks — winning bronze at the 2013 World Paratriathlon Championship in London, England as a rookie and then silver at the 2014 World Championships in Edmonton. While Stefan is now an incredibly successful triathlete — dominating in the water and on foot — he initially struggled with cycling due to his congenital disability - Stefan was born with bilateral radial club hands; his right arm being most affected, resulting in a shortened forearm with compromised grip strength. He was not confident in controlling the bike and was unable to shift gears and brake properly but after attending a paracycling cycling camp and a few small modifications to his bike, his riding improved quickly.
Stefan was golden in 2015, winning both the ITU Para-Triathlon World Triathlon Series in Edmonton and at the ITU World Grand Finals in Chicago — his only silver medal of the year was at Paralympic test event in Rio. Heading into his first Paralympics at the age of 19, he was the gold medal favourite but a tough bike leg in the Rio heat put him well behind the leader and he had to settle for the silver
With something to prove to the world, Stefan has worked hard on his cycling and swimming skills after the Rio Games and has dominated the world of Paratriathlon, winning back-to-back World Championships in 2017 and 2018.
Currently running for the University of Calgary’s U Sports cross country team and studying in the Faculty of Business Stefan and his Dino's team won their first ever National Championships in 2018.
Stefan was also featured in a 2018 Nike commercial highlighting his approach to competition and the saying 'A dream is only crazy until you do it' and his ambition to race against able-bodied athletes and win.
World champion triathlete
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Hometown: CALGARY, ALBERTA
Training base: calgary, alberta