Dennis Thiessen

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Dennis Thiessen
Personal information
Born (1961-04-20) 20 April 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceSanford, Manitoba
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Updated on 28 April 2019.

Dennis Thiessen (born April 20, 1961 in Crystal City, Manitoba) is a wheelchair curler who was part of the winning team in wheelchair curling for Canada at the 2014 Winter Paralympics. He played on the winning Canadian team at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship. His disability is that at seventeen he lost his leg.[1] He is the only Manitoban on the team and lives in Sanford, Manitoba.[2]

He was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2019.[3]


Thiessen was born in Crystal City, Manitoba on April 20, 1961 and now resides in Sanford, Manitoba. He is married and has 2 children. In 1978, when Thiessen was 17 years old, he had an accident in his family's farm and had lost his leg. He was suggested to give wheelchair curling a try in 2005.[4] He said that he was really inspired by another Manitoban winter sportsperson Cindy Klassen and that she was "the ultimate professional and a great representative of Canada".[5] He had also started the organization "Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities".[5]


Sochi 2014[edit]

At the age of 52, Thiessen has competed in his first Paralympic Games, he made the tryout two years before in 2012. After seeing the team, he said that "It was just an unbelievable feeling,"[6] Canada won the spot at the top of the podium by beating Russia 8-3. "It was an emotional high" explained Thiessen who has just won his first Paralympic Medal.[7]


  1. ^ "Sochi 2014 Canadian Paralympic team Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  2. ^ Geary, Andrea (2013-12-19). "Winnipeg Free Press". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
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  4. ^ "Dennis Thiessen". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "THIESSEN, Dennis — Athlete Bios — CBC". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Manitoba Paralympian Dennis Thiessen Prepares For Sochi -". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Canada wins Paralympic gold in wheelchair curling". Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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