Dennis Thiessen has been competing in wheelchair curling since 2005 and has shown a steady progression in his skill level resulting to him being appointed to Team Canada in 2012. He is a former national wheelchair curling champion and in March 2013, Dennis helped Team Canada win the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championships held in Sochi, Russia.
Thiessen gets his inspiration to compete from a variety of sources including another well-known Manitoba athlete, Cindy Klassen. He calls Cindy the ultimate professional and a great representative of Canada and has always enjoyed listening to her interviews and motivation messages.
Thiessen is proud of his off-ice accomplishments as well: he was instrumental in starting the provincial branch of Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities, an organization dedicated to presenting farm safety programs to children, youth and adults.
Thiessen lost his leg in an accident on his family’s farm when he was seventeen years old.
Speaking about his upcoming Paralympic debut, Thiessen says, “It's a dream come true. I never thought it would be something that would happen to me and it gives me goose bumps 24/7.”
(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)