/ 26 August 2021

The Paralympics: Danni di Toro

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Today, our Paralympic Profile is on team co-captain, flag-bearer and table tennis player Danni di Toro.

It’s the 7th time former wheelchair tennis #1 Danni di Toro is at the Paralympic Games. A silver and bronze medalist in wheelchair tennis, the 47yo is going for gold in table tennis. Di Toro became a paraplegic at 13yo when a wall collapsed on her at a school swimming carnival. During her hospital stay, she met wheelchair basketballer Sandy Blythe who inspired her to pursue sports. Di Toro took up wheelchair tennis a year after her accident and went on to win 10 Australian Open titles. “It’s a really lovely thing at 47yo to be trying something that’s super challenging,” she said of her switch to top-level table tennis. Super challenging is right… Di Toro lost her first match yesterday but continues her campaign at 2.40pm (AEST) today.

And after Day 1 of the Paralympic Games, Australia tops the medal tally with 6 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze.

Image source: Getty

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