“Intensity” is the name of the game when you’re thinking of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Ambassador Danielle Peers. A recipient of gold medals, league titles, all-star honours and MVP awards for basketball, Danielle was not aware she had a neuromuscular disorder until nearly 20 years of age.
Following-up on unexplainable pain, an alert physiotherapist booked her an appointment with a neurologist. At that point it was recognized that the star athlete had limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, affecting several muscle groups in her lower body. By that time, Danielle had already switched from stand-up to wheelchair basketball.
In 2007, Canada Basketball named Danielle Outstanding Athlete of the Year. The inaugural award is aimed at players actively representing their country. Danielle retired in 2008, and has since coached for local and the National Women’s Programs. In 2011 Danielle was inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame.
Danielle is also an avid motivational speaker and willingly discusses her work with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. “I love public speaking as a career choice. It enables me to do the educational work and the advocacy work that I have taken on. At the same time it stimulates my research efforts, as I dig to find out all I can about the topic I’ve accepted. Plus, it enables me to meet many people and to learn from them.”
For more information about Danielle, please visit her website: daniellepeers.com