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ELLIS Danielle
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Canada   
Place of BirthWhite Rock, CAN
Height1.80 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Langley, BC, CAN
Medical Professional
Higher education
Science - Thompson Rivers University: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing sitting volleyball in 2007 in Surrey, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I had played standing volleyball throughout high school and was told about the opportunity to play sitting volleyball, so I started playing at a drop-in clinic at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in British Columbia. From there the team started in Canada and I've loved it ever since."
Name of coach
Nicole Ban [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Quebec, QC, CAN
General Interest
Danny ["Danielle was always too long, so my teammates started shortening it. Now it's what everyone in the athletic world knows me as."] (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
Reading, taking online courses, going to the gym. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
Canadian sitting volleyball player Jolan Wong. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
She suffered a shoulder injury during a match at the 2010 World Championships in the United States of America. It took approximately six weeks to regain full movement of her shoulder. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard. Play hard. You get out what you put in." (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the Best Defender at the 2011 Parapan American Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (, 01 Oct 2011)
At age two weeks she was diagnosed with a type of soft tissue cancer named rhabdomyosarcoma. As a result of the illness, her leg was amputated below the knee in 1992. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)
Other information
She decided to turn her attention away from international sitting volleyball after the Canadian national team failed to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In early 2016 she returned to the national team due to her being invited to try for a spot in the team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 12 Jul 2016)

She works as an emergency medical dispatcher. She completed the primary care paramedic programme at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in New Westminster, BC, Canada. (, 12 Jul 2016; Athlete, 15 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Team