Joanne Mucz

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Joanne Mucz
Personal information
Full name Joanne Mucz Vergara
Born (1972-03-06) March 6, 1972 (age 46)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sport Swimming
Classifications A4, S9

Joanne Mucz (née Vergara; born March 6, 1972) is a retired Canadian Paralympic medalist in swimming. She won eight medals at the Paralmypic Games with five of them at the 1992 Summer Paralympics. After her retirement in 1996, Mucz was named into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006.

Early life and education[edit]

Joanne Mucz was born on March 6, 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She started swimming as a child and became a member of the Manta Swim Club in Winnipeg at the age of nine.[1]


During her career, Mucz won numerous medals in paralympic swimming as a double below knee amputee. Mucz won six medals at both the 1986 World Championships for the Disabled and the 1987 International Games for the Disabled. She repeated her medal performance at the World Championships for the Disabled in 1990 and the 1991 Stoke-Mandeville Wheelchair Games.[2] Alternatively, Mucz's first Paralympic Games was at the 1984 Summer Paralympics where she did not medal.[3] Her following Paralympic Games saw her broke world records at the 1988 Summer Paralympics and 1992 Summer Paralympics while winning her final medals. Mucz retired in 1992.[1]

Outside of her swimming career, Mucz was a part of the Western Canada Summer Games in 1995 as a special guest captain[2] and a manager at the 1999 Pan American Games.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Mucz was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 1996,[4] and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006.[2] In 2012, Mucz was awarded with the Circle of Excellence by Swimming Canada.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Mucz was married in 2001 and currently has three kids.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Joanne (Mucz) Vergara". Swimming Canada. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Honoured Members Database". Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Joanna Vergara". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Previous Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Circle of Excellence". Swimming Canada. Retrieved 28 October 2017.