Chris Daw

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Christopher Daw
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Personal information
Born (1970-02-01)February 1, 1970
North York, Ontario
Education Strathroy District Collegiate Institute
Alma mater University of Tennessee
Occupation Athlete, Executive Director/General Manager, Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Spouse(s) M. Brown 1993-2006
M. Perry 2009-2015
Website http://www.chrisdaw.ca http://wcblog2.com http://wheelchaircurler.blogspot.com/
Sport
Country  Canada

Christopher (Chris) Daw (born February 1, 1970 in North York, Ontario) is a Paralympian who competed in adaptive track, marathons, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, wheelchair rugby, and curling for Canada.[1] He was once considered the fastest wheelchair athlete in 1995 though 1997, and is the only Canadian athlete to represent Canada at multiple Paralympic Games for multiple different sports. He is also one of the few athletes to represent Canada at both Summer & Winter Paralympic Games. In 1986, he won 6 Gold medals and set 6 world records at the first World Games for disabled youth in Nottingham, England. He was a member of the 1984 & 1988 Canadian Paralympic adaptive track teams; a member of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball team, and a member of the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team at the 2000 Summer Paralympics before taking up wheelchair curling in 2000.

During Daw's athletic career he has attended over 125 National Championships, 64 World Championships, 3 Paralympics and 1 Olympics for a medal total over 600 for Canada including a dozen World Championships, 19 World records and Paralympic medal performances. Some of his sports include Canadian representation for Track, Basketball, Rugby, Volleyball, and Curling. However; he has also participated as an elite athlete in Field, Badminton and countless others at international, national and provincial levels.

Curling[edit]

Daw delivering a stone

He entered curling in 2000. He was the skip of the Canadian team at the 2002 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Sursee, Switzerland, where the team won silver.[2] Two years later, he would again be the skip of the Canadian team and the Wheelchair Curling championship, again in Sursee, where the team won bronze.[2] He would be the skip of the Canadian team, which won Gold in Wheelchair curling at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. In 2007 he withdrew his name from the Team Canada selection process that could have led to a spot on the 2010 Winter Paralympics. He resurfaced as part of the Wheelchair Curling Team for Newfoundland as Skip in 2008, only to relocate to British Columbia in 2009. He was the General manager of the Vancouver Curling Club when it took over the Olympic Curling center (now Hillcrest Center) in 2011. Daw returned to Ontario in 2011 for undisclosed reasons.[3]

In 2010, it was announced that Daw was returning to competitive curling by joining Jim Armstrong (curler). As Jim's second on a local BC team in provincial play-downs; with hopes of representing Team BC. Team Armstrong was unsuccessful in capturing the 2011 BC Championship title. Armstrong would later move to Ontario. Daw would announce his retirement in December 2010.[4][5]

Retirement[edit]

In 2010, Daw formally announced his retirement from competitive sports to focus on his family and career.[6] In January 2012 after Eric Eales of wheelchaircurling.com stopped publishing his blog posting[7] on wheelchair curling; it was announced Daw was taking over with a new blog spot called Wheelchair Curling Blog 2.[8] Daw received over 5000 readers in the first month on the new blog which changed formats allowing for publishing of stories on wheelchair curling from around the world though direct input by the players, coaches or interested parties. The blog after 2015 National championships in Quebec experienced over 5.5 million+ viewers[7]

Post retirement Daw has also been very active as a motivational speaker; as a speaker for the Rick Hansen foundation, 2010 for the Vancouver games as the lead curling commentator for Paralympic Sport TV and in 2014 appears as CBC curling analyst for the Sochi Paralympic Games doing on air taped and LIVE coverage for the company [15]

Business Venues[edit]

After leaving Vancouver in 2011, in 2012, Daw signed on with Ken Strong to support a sports venue, Ice Twice Rinks Inc.[9] in Oakville, Ontario. He became the Executive Director of the business. In eight months, Daw was able to fully recover the facility from financial hardship. With dimensions over 70,000 square feet, the facility was home to two rinks, a goalie pad, a shooting pad, a board room, a multi-purpose room, and space for dry land training. Programs at the rink were run by experienced coaches such as Al Iafrate, Eddi Choi, Christina Kessler, Ryan Munce, and Bill Hoover. Daw left Ice Twice Rinks in 2015, which was sold in for profit to Jamie Allison; a former NHL player with the Chicago Blackhawks.[10]

Disability[edit]

Daw was originally diagnosed with a rare condition known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. During a number of tests, medical doctors in 1990 re-diagnosed Daw with an even rarer condition known as fetal stroke. The condition has left Daw as one of the rare survivors who has lived longer than any others. Because of how the condition affected Daw, the muscles in his legs never developed. Although his legs do not generate enough strength to walk, he has experienced no loss of sensation and can use them generally for all other purposes. Daw also had his left hand and forearm impacted by the condition, which has often affected his classification during his Paralympic career. Due to this, he is the only Paralympic athlete in history who has fulfilled classification requirements for both paraplegic and quadriplegics thus allowing him to participate in wheelchair rugby and sport reserved for quadriplegics.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006 it was reported that Daw had one child a son; Kyle, with his first wife Mari Brown.[12] In March, 2009 Daw married Morgan Perry, a former member of Canada's junior women's softball team. On February 23, 2010, Daw and Perry gave birth to a daughter Arowyn Emma Ellie.

In April 2010, Daw lost his mother Eleanor Daw at 63 years from a heart attack. According to Daw, her loss has had a profound change in him which his often referred to the reason behind his retirement from international sport.[13]

In October 2014 after going to the doctor for what Daw thought was Kidney stones it was discovered he had renal cell carcinoma. The aggressive cancer caused Daw to undergo surgery on December 29, 2014 having a Partial nephrectomy. Daw quickly recovered from the surgery healing in less than 4 weeks time. In 2015; Daw had relocated to Victoria, British Columbia making his return to BC after leaving for unknown reasons in 2010.[14]

Awards[edit]

In 2010, Daw was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame on September 23, 2010 at a ceremony including Christine Nesbitt and Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir.[15]

Daw's accomplishments included the following; one of the longest active Paralympic careers in history. During his athletic career he has attended over 125 National Championships, 64 World Championships, 4 Paralympics and 1 Olympics. For an estimated medal total over 1000+ for Canada including a dozen World Championships, 19 World records and Paralympic Gold medal performances. His sports include Canadian representation for Track, Basketball, Rugby, Volleyball, and Curling. He has also participated as an elite athlete in hockey,field, parachuting; rock climbing, badminton and holds high level black belts in Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.[16]

Results (not a complete list)[edit]


This list is not nearly a complete list of Daw's medal count over the years. Daw participated in countless different sport spanning a 37-year career and a full understanding of his accomplishments is not fully understood.

Olympic Rings.svg Olympic Games
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Alternate Wheelchair Adaptive Track 1984  United States Los Angeles Alternate  Canada
IPC logo (2004).svg Paralympic Games
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Gold Wheelchair Curling[17] 2006  Italy Torino Skip  Canada
4th Wheelchair Rugby[17] 2000  Australia Sydney Player #10  Canada
Wheelchair Adaptive Track[17] 1988  South Korea Seoul Participant  Canada
Wheelchair Adaptive Track[17] 1984  United Kingdom Stoke Madeville Participant  Canada
IPC logo (2004).svg Para PanAM Games
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Bronze Sit-Volleyball 2007  Brazil Rio Player  Canada
Curling pictogram.svg World Wheelchair Curling Championship
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Silver Wheelchair curling[18] 2002   Switzerland Sursee Skip  Canada
Bronze Wheelchair curling[18] 2004   Switzerland Sursee Skip  Canada
6. Wheelchair curling[18] 2005  Scotland Glasgow Skip  Canada
4. Wheelchair curling 2007  Sweden Sollefteå Skip  Canada
Curling pictogram.svg Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Gold Wheelchair curling[19] 2003  Ontario Toronto Skip  Canada
Gold Wheelchair curling[19] 2005  British Columbia Richmond Skip  Canada
Gold Wheelchair curling[19] 2006  British Columbia Richmond Skip  Canada
6th[20] Wheelchair curling 2009  Nova Scotia Halifax Skip  Newfoundland and Labrador
Curling pictogram.svg Provincial Wheelchair Curling Championship
Finish Event Year Place Position Team
Bronze Wheelchair curling[19] 2011  British Columbia Kimberley 2nd Armstrong
IPC logo (2004).svg First World Games for Disabled Youth (Nottingham, England)
Finish Event Year Place Result Team
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Gold Wheelchair Adaptive Track [17] 1986  United Kingdom Nottingham World Record  Canada
Curling pictogram.svg Awards and Recognition
Award Awarded by; Description Place Year Country
Rick Hansan Relay[21] Town of Strathroy Medal Bearer  Ontario Strathroy, Ontario 2011  Canada
Hall of Fame[22] City of London London Sports Hall of Fame  Ontario London, Ontario 2010  Canada
King Clancy Award[23] King Clancy Foundation Outstanding Performance  Ontario 2007  Canada
High Performance Coach of the Year Province of Ontario Coach of the Year, Wheelchair Athletics  Ontario 2007  Canada
International Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 2006  Canada
World Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 2006  Canada
National Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 2006  Canada
Provincial Achievement Award Province of Ontario Achievement Award  Ontario 2006  Canada
International Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 2000  Canada
World Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 2000  Canada
Celebration 88 Medal Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 1988  Canada
International Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 1988  Canada
World Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 1988  Canada
National Achievement Award Government of Canada Achievement Award  Canada 1988  Canada
Provincial Achievement Award Province of Ontario Achievement Award  Ontario 1988  Canada

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Murderball Athlete Uncredited

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 CBC Sports - Sydney Paralympics Games Coverage Athlete - Team Canada Rugby
Uncredited
2006 CBC Sports - Torino Paralympics Games Coverage Athlete - Skip - Team Canada Curling
Uncredited
2010 CBC Sports - Vancouver Paralympics Games Coverage Commentator Sports Broadcaster
Uncredited
2010 Olympic Broadcasting Services - Vancouver Paralympics Games Coverage Commentator Sports Broadcaster
Uncredited
2014 CBC Sports - Sochi Paralympic Games Coverage Commentator Sports Broadcaster
Uncredited

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancouver 2010 "Paralympic Perspectives" Archived February 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "2007 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships" (PDF). wheelchaircurling.com. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Times Online
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b [4]
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ [6]
  10. ^ [7]
  11. ^ [8]
  12. ^ Team Canada – Wheelchair curling
  13. ^ [9]
  14. ^ "WCBLOG2.com". 
  15. ^ [10]
  16. ^ [11]
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Results for Daw from the International Paralympic Committee
  18. ^ a b c [12]
  19. ^ a b c d [13]
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  21. ^ [14]
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

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