Erica Gavel has been passionate about basketball ever since she can remember. A star on the rise, she was a highly sought-after recruit coming out of high school and went on the play for the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball program. However, her career was cut short after a serious knee injury forced Gavel to the sidelines.
That was before she discovered wheelchair basketball and found that same passion for basketball could transfer to the wheelchair game. The native of Prince Albert, Sask. brings a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm to compliment her basketball skills and she describes her style of play as a ‘grinder’ on the court.
Since taking up the sport in 2012, she has fast tracked her way to competing for her home province and earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama.
Gavel ultimately set her sights on representing Team Canada at the Paralympic Games. She took a step in that direction in 2014 after seizing a full-time roster spot on the Senior Women’s National Team. “To play at the pinnacle of sport is a tremendous honour. I am very grateful for this opportunity,” says Gavel of donning the Canadian jersey.
2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2014 - 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 2014 - 2nd place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in Arlington, Texas, USA (domestic)... Received an athletic scholarship to compete for the women's wheelchair basketball team at the University of Alabama
Outside of basketball, Gavel is passionate about her studies and enjoys giving back to her community. She devotes time to promoting sport to young girls and living a healthy, active lifestyle.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver
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2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Wheelchair Basketball - Women