Par­a­lympic medal win­ner, World Record hold­er, and Ath­letes with Dis­abil­i­ties Hall of Fame inductee, are just a few of Cheryl Angelelli’s accom­plish­ments after a trag­ic acci­dent in a swim­ming pool in 1983 left her a quad­ri­pleg­ic. At the time, some may have thought a promis­ing ath­let­ic career was cut short. For Cheryl, it was just beginning.

Cheryl returned to the pool and made the 2000 Par­a­lympic Swim Team. Since then she has returned twice, earn­ing a pair of bronze medals at the 2004 Par­a­lympics in Athens, and a pair of sil­ver medals at the 2008 Par­a­lympics in Bei­jing. She is one of Michigan’s most dec­o­rat­ed Par­a­lympians and cur­rent­ly holds 15 Amer­i­can Records and 3 World Records.

Cheryl is the direc­tor of mar­ket­ing and pub­lic rela­tions for DMC Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Insti­tute of Michi­gan where she serves as a source of inspi­ra­tion and moti­va­tion to new­ly dis­abled patients.

In 1991, she was crowned Ms. Wheel­chair Michi­gan and went on to win the title of First Run­ner-Up Ms. Wheel­chair Amer­i­ca. Dur­ing her reign, she trav­eled as a moti­va­tion­al speak­er, dis­pelling the myths and stereo­types about per­sons with disabilities.

Swim­ming Honors:

  • 15 Amer­i­can Records, 3 World Records
  • Ranked #1 in the world from 2006 – 2008 in 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle
  • Mem­ber of 2000, 2004, 2008 Par­a­lympic Swim Team
  • Mem­ber of U.S. Nation­al Dis­abled Swim Team 1998 – 2011
  • 4‑Time Par­a­lympic Medal­ist (2 Sil­ver, 2 Bronze)
  • 7‑Time Gold Medal­ist at IPC World Championships

Awards and Honors:

  • Michi­gan Ath­letes with Dis­abil­i­ties Hall of Fame inductee 2000
  • Michi­gan Ath­letes with Dis­abil­i­ties Hall of Fame Dis­abled Female Ath­lete of the Year 2000
  • 2000 Female Ama­teur Ath­lete of the Year for the State of Michi­gan, pre­sent­ed by Governor’s Coun­cil on Phys­i­cal Fit­ness, Health and Sports