Dixon honoured as one of UVic’s five outstanding alumni members

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 19, 2012, VICTORIA – As part of the University of Victoria’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, former Vikes swimmer Stephanie Dixon was honoured on Oct. 16 as one of UVic’s five outstanding members of the alumni community. Dixon graduated in 2009 after leaving a prolific swimming career with the Vikes and on the international stage.

Dixon has competed at three Olympic games amassing an impressive seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Paralympic games. Dixon also competed five season as a UVic Vike and was an avid volunteer as a part of the Vikes Varsity Council, Right to Play, Athletes CAN and a variety of local initiatives in Victoria.

Dixon was honoured along side Alisa Smith (MA ’97), Grand Chief Edward John (BA ’74), Paul Nicklen (BSc ’90) and Tamara Vrooman (MA ’94).

SPECIALTY: Backstroke

RECORDS:

WORLD SC S9 100/200 Back, 50/100/400 Free, 100 Fly, 200/400 IM, 400 Free Relay, Medley Relay; LC S9 50/100/200 Back, 400 IM;

PAN AMERICAN Numerous;

CANADIAN Numerous

MAJOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESULTS:

2008 PARALYMPICS (BEIJING, CHINA) Gold (100 Backstroke – World Record); Silver (400 Freestyle, 200 IM); Bronze (100 Freestyle) – with six Canadian records in these races and 100 Butterfly & 50 Freestyle

2004 PARALYMPIC GAMES (ATHENS, GREECE) 1st (100 Back), 2nd (100, 400 Free, 100 Fly, 200IM 400 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay), 3rd (50 Free); World Record 100 Backstroke

2000 PARALYMPICS GAMES (ATHENS, GREECE) 5 gold, 2 silver, 5 World Records

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Ten Time SNC National Senior PARA Team member

Ten Time Canadian Female SWAD Swimmer of the Year

Seven Time Swim BC Female PARA Swimmer of the Year

2008 Athletes CAN Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary

2008 Right to Play Athlete Ambassador

2007 Official Ambassador of the Para-Pan American Games Rio

2007 University of Victoria Martlet Award

2006 University of Victoria Martlet Award

2005 Victoria Female Athlete of the Year

2005 University of Victoria Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year

2004-2005 CIS Honorary First Team All-Canadian – first S9 level athlete to qualify for CIS under able-bodied standards

2005 38th Annual Victoria Sports Awards Victoria Female Athlete of the Year

2005 Sport BC Disabled Athlete of the Year

2005 BC Premier’s Athletic Award

2004 University of Victoria Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year

2000-2002 Ontario Disabled Athlete of the Year

1999 – 2003 Ontario Female Athlete with a Disability Award

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