Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) Earns World Championship as Paratriathlete

Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) Earns World Championship as Paratriathlete

Hailey Danisewicz

Along with two other paratriathletes, recent SESP graduate Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) won a world title at the Paratriathlon World Championships in London this week. Her gold medal resulted from completing the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run in 1 hour, 29 minutes and 29 seconds.

Running along London’s 2012 Olympic triathlon course, Danisewicz -— who lost a leg to cancer as a teenager -— won her first world title at the International Triathlon Union international championships for Team USA.

She began running triathlons while a student at Northwestern. As part of her undergraduate program at SESP, she did an internship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. There she helped plan a camp for injured veterans and coached participants in the adaptive ski program. During her sophomore year she started working on a triathlon as part of an internship with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association.

Last spring, the SESP senior took time out from her senior year to counsel athletes and others who had lost limbs in April’s Boston Marathon bombings.

For a profile in Northwestern magazine in the spring, Danisewicz told writer Anne Stein, “So much of athletics and fitness is mental, and I think that’s a piece that is too often overlooked. Finishing a triathlon or running your first 5k brings a sense of empowerment that transcends other areas of life. I experienced that feeling firsthand and truly believe in its power to change lives. ... Triathlon is such an empowering thing that, when you do it, you realize you can do a lot of other things that may seem hard too.”
By Wendy Leopold and Marilyn Sherman with photo by Elaine Villaflores
Last Modified: 9/17/13