Dana Mathewson

Sport: Wheelchair Tennis

Dana began playing sports from an early age, owing her love for sports to her mother, who signed her up for numerous clubs and extracurricular activities like baseball, soccer, theatre and art classes. 
 
When Dana was 10, she contracted a rare neurological disease known as transverse myelitis. Through the urging of her mom, Dana began to play adaptive sports shortly after being diagnosed. Dana discovered tennis, signing up for a USTA junior tennis camp shortly after being discharged from hospital and she is forever grateful to her mom for urging her to stay active.
 
Her passion for tennis grew and Dana became a student athlete at the University of Arizona and competed on the wheelchair tennis team. In 2013, Dana graduated with her degree in speech language and hearing sciences.
 
Dana started her clinical doctorate degree for audiology at University of Arizona, but took a leave of absence in 2014 to compete full-time in tennis and qualify for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. In 2017, she resumed her degree at University College London. Dana is currently training for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and her hobbies include baking, crafting and traveling.
 
Dana works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
 
For more information about Dana’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.
 
 
Photo by Natalia Mayara
 
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