Janet McLachlan

Janet McLachlan

 

Janet McLachlan played stand-up basketball for the University of Victoria Vikes, winning national championships in 1998 and 2000. She was introduced to wheelchair basketball after suffering a serious knee injury while attempting to make Canada’s national rugby squad for the 2006 World Cup. A teammate suggested she try wheelchair sports to stay in shape while recovering.

McLachlan has been a member of the national wheelchair basketball team since 2008 and competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, where Canada finished fifth, and the 2012 Paralympic Games, where Canada finished sixth.

She was a member of the team that won gold at the 2014 World Championship, bronze in 2010 and a silver medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 2010 McLachlan helped the University of Alabama win back-to-back national wheelchair basketball championships and was named MVP. That same year she joined the Trier Dolphins, a semi-professional wheelchair basketball team in Germany.

McLachlan was the 2011 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year and the 2009 BC Wheelchair Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2014 - became first Paralympian to be named a finalist for the Sport BC Senior Female Athlete of the Year… 2014 - Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association Female Athlete of the Year… Named to the 2014 Women’s World Championship all-star team after leading all players in rebounding and finishing second in tournament scoring… 2012 - led all players at the Paralympic Games in points scored and rebounds… 2011 - Nominated for Sportswoman of the Year in the region of Trier, Germany… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year in 2011 2013 and 2015… 2010 - led all players in scoring and rebounding at 2010 World Championship

PERSONAL

McLachlan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta… She attended the University of Alabama where she began a degree in interior design and discovered a love for the structural, spatial aspects of the discipline… She comes from an athletic family: her mother won both the Canadian over-65 singles and over-65 doubles tennis championships (2009) and has represented Canada at the World Senior Tennis Championships; her father played football for the University of British Columbia and was drafted to play in the CFL; he also played rugby at the provincial level for BC and New Zealand.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver

2014 World Championships – Gold

2012 London Paralympic Games – 6th

2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games - Silver

2010 World Championships – Bronze

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – 5th

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2