Former Vikes basketball player courting a medal at second Paralympics

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – Former University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball player Janet McLachlan is en route to compete in her second Paralympic Summer Games as a member of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team.

The team is currently ranked number three in the world with McLachlan often regarded as one of the best in the sport, leading all players at the 2010 World Championships in scoring and rebounding. The team begins competition on Aug. 31 and will be looking to book a spot in the final by besting other top contenders along the way.

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As one of Team Canada’s most veteran players, McLachlan will be called upon to lead her team to victory as their pool includes the current number four-ranked Australians, the number five-ranked Dutch and the host team, number six-ranked Great Britain.

McLachlan’s career on the court began in 1995 when she was named to the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team. The North Vancouver native played five years with the Vikes and in her time with the UVic hoopsters won two national CIAU championships in 1998 and 2000.

McLachlan, a multi-sport athlete, began competing in wheelchair basketball in 2006 after she sustained a severe knee injury playing rugby for the B.C. provincial team. A member of the women’s national wheelchair basketball team since 2008, McLachlan has taken part in both the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and the 2010 World Championships.

In between her various athletic accomplishments McLachlan was also a dedicated student, graduating from UVic with a Bachelor of Science and completing a Bachelor’s of Education at the University of Alberta. The six-foot center later competed in wheelchair basketball at the University of Alabama, one of the five schools in the United States that has a competitive wheelchair basketball. In 2010, McLachlan joined the Trier Dolphins, a semi-professional wheelchair 

 

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