Jessica Vliegenthart

Jessica Vliegenthart was a summer forest firefighter when she was involved in a road accident five days before her 21st birthday. She got started in wheelchair basketball in 2006 thanks to Marni Abbott-Peter, a national women’s team assistant coach and former player who recognized Vliegenthart’s potential. Vliegenthart joined a local team in Vancouver and shortly after was invited to attend a junior national team camp in Ontario.
Vliegenthart was the only female named to Team BC for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. She started playing for the BC Breakers women's team and within the year was named as a development athlete to the Canadian team that won a silver medal at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2009 Vliegenthart was named to the senior women’s team. She helped Canada win a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2011 Parapan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Vliegenthart was BC Wheelchair Basketball Female Athlete of the Year in 2011.


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Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 6
Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2