Dana Mathewson

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Dana Mathewson


Dana was born in San Diego, California in December 1990, where she lived until she went to university. Dana loved sport and was a keen soccer player, when at the age of 10 her world was turned upside down! Dana went from running sprints in soccer practice to losing the use of her legs within 30 minutes. It was later discovered that she contracted a rare autoimmune disease called transverse myelitis leaving Dana paralysed from the waist down.

After trying a number of different adapted sports, wheelchair tennis was the sport that Dana fell in love with and quickly progressed through the ranks, firstly playing tournaments on the wheelchair tennis tour to becoming the No.1 female player in the United States, which is an accolade she still holds. Dana is a proud Palaympian, competing for Team USA at the Rio Paralympic Games and most recently picking up a Gold and a Bronze medal at the Para Pan Games in Lima.

Dana is a driven, talented and fun person who is striving to be the best wheelchair tennis player she can be and to be an ambassador for the sport.

Listen to Dana share some of her amazing story here  and how you can turn a tragedy into an amazing story