First Name: Walter
Last Name: Dann
Sport: Wheelchair Sports
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 1991
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County

Walter Dann was diagnosed with Polio at the age of three. At such a young age his life was suddenly changed forever. Dann could have given in to his diagnosis, but loved sports too much for anything to hold him back.

As a wheelchair athlete, Dann won more medals than the majority of athletes could ever dream about winning. Throughout a decade and a half of competition in National and International wheelchair and disabled games (including the Olympics of 1968, 1972 and 1976, the Pan American Wheelchair Games of 1971 and 1982) he won 52 gold medals, 39 silver medals, and 33 bronze medals in basketball, weightlifting, and track and field.

Walter Dann was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1991.


• Competed Multiple Int’l & Nat’l Wheelchair Games
• Competed in Olympics of 1968, ’72, and ’76
• Competed in the Pan-Am Wheelchair Games, 1971 and 1982
• 52 Gold Medals Basketball, Weightlifting and Track
• 39 Silver Medals Basketball, Weightlifting, Track
• 33 Bronze Medals Basketball, Weightlifting, Track
• Set Numerous Canadian and Pan-Am Records