Jennifer Oakes

National sitting volleyball team rookie Jennifer Oakes suffered a serious leg injury in 2015 when she fell off the front of a boat and her right leg was cut by the boat’s propeller. Her leg was amputated below the knee later on in surgery. Despite such a life shock, Oakes was back training for volleyball by October, this time as a sitting player, at a national team training camp.

A top level club player for four years before her injury, Oakes made the necessary adjustments to become competitive in the sitting game and earned her spot on Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball team will make history in Rio, as it will mark the first time ever that Canada has qualified a sitting volleyball team to compete at the Paralympic Games.


2016 national team…


She graduated high school in 2016 and will be attending UBC-Okanagan in the fall… has two older sisters.



Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Volleyball - Sitting Sitting Volleyball - Women 7