Weight Class: 68kg
Birthdate: September 24, 1990
Hometown: Olds, Alberta
Currently Living: Calgary, ALberta
Club: Calgary Wrestling Club
Coach: Paul Ragusa
Danielle grew up in the small town of Olds, Alberta as the second oldest child of four siblings. She was involved in many different sports growing up, and as a result was always an athletic and competitive individual.
Danielle was first introduced to the sport of wrestling in sixth grade when a couple of her friends joined the school’s wrestling team and convinced her to come out to practice to try it out. Her love for the sport has been growing and evolving since this time, and in 2006, Danielle made her first Cadet national team. Since this time, she has been a member of Team Canada and has had the opportunity to represent Canada at many international events.
Danielle moved from Olds to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2008 to attend Simon Fraser University (SFU) and to wrestle for SFU’s varsity wrestling team. Danielle graduated with her Bachelors degree in Criminology in June 2013 and finished her university wrestling career as a three time WCWA national champion.
Danielle decided to continue her education at SFU, and enrolled in graduate school in the fall of 2013. In September 2015 she successfully defended her thesis which focused on the topic of “gender and policing”.
In December 2015 Danielle made the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team at 63 kgs. In August 2016 she went to the Rio Olympics. Unfortunately, Danielle injured her hamstring in her warmup for her first match and was forced to forfeit from the tournament.
Danielle moved to Calgary, Alberta in the summer of 2017- where she is attending Law School at the U of C, and wrestling for the Calgary Wrestling Club. She has big dreams in both worlds and is excited about the limitless possibilities!
2006 - Cadet National Champion
2007 - Juvenile National Champion Cadet Pan American Champion
2008 - Juvenile National Champion
2009 - Junior National Champion
2010 - Junior World Champion CIS Champion WCWA National Champion
2011- WCWA National Champion Silver at Senior National Championships
2012 - Bronze at University World Championships Silver at Senior National Championships
2013 - WCWA National Champion Silver at the Senior National Championships
2014 - Senior National Champion University World Champion
Commonwealth Games Champion
2015 - Canadian Olympic Team Trials 2016- Olympic Test Event Champion German Grand Prix Champion Klippan Ladies Open Bronze Olympian (forfeit due to injury) 2017 (THE COMEBACK)- Commonwealth Games Trials Champion SFU Invitational Champion 2018- TBD