On Tuesday April 28th Darda Sales will be giving a motivational speech to Channel Cats swimmers and parents at the Orillia Geneva Bingo Hall, 6:00 pm. A brief bio is below. Coach Meredith first met Darda when she attended Georgian College for a season taking the Post Graduate Therapeutic Recreation Program. Darda swam and coached with our club, then went on to the 2008 Paralympics.
Darda Geiger was born in London, Ontario, on September 11, 1982. She was the youngest of four children, with two older brothers and an older sister. She grew up on a farm in rural Ontario. In 1985, when she was two, she lost her right leg above the knee in a farm accident. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate certificate in Therapeutic Recreation. She is an athlete therapeutic recreational therapist.
When Geiger was nine, she met three athletes who were training for the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, and decided to become a Paralympian too. This dream came true at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. As a member of the 4×100 medley relay team, she won a gold medal in the world record time. This was followed by a gold medal in the same event at the IPC Swimming World Championships in 2002, and a silver at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens. She also won bronze medals in the 100 m freestyle and 400 m freestyle events at the 2006 IPC World Championships.
Geiger married Brad Sales, a fellow Paralympic swimmer and member of the Canadian national swim team, and now goes by the name of Darda Sales. They have three children. She competed the 50 m, 100 m and 400m freestyle and the 100 m backstroke events at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, her third Paralympic Games, but did not win a medal.
Sales retired from swimming in 2009, but became interested in wheelchair basketball. She competed for Team Ontario at the women’s national championships, and made the national team in 2014. In July 2014, she was part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto.