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Dixon wins UVic Outstanding Female Athlete Award

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In her first year swimming with the Vikes, she was an unbelievable performer and leader. Holder of 13 World Records, 5 World Championship Gold Medals, and 5 Paralympic Gold Medals, she has been an inspiration to the whole team.

She chose UVic while attending the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and began her varsity swimming career here this fall. Born with only one leg, she has not only competed and won the most prestigious International levels, she has challenged herself with goals that many able-bodied athletes are unable to achieve.

In January at the Canada West Championships here in Victoria, Stephanie achieved her dream goal of attaining the CIS qualifying standard in the 200m backstroke. At the CIS Championship, she was awarded an honorary All-Canadian for her performances over the course of the weekend, breaking two world records and narrowly missing a third in the 400m freestyle.

Not only is Stephanie a great competitor, she is a great leader and an example of what you can accomplish based in desire, determination and the willingness to defy traditional logic.