Katie Harnock

Katie Harnock

 

Katie Harnock recalls trying out wheelchair basketball in her driveway when she was 10, after receiving a brochure in the mail from a local club. She started playing recreationally at 13 with a Kitchener team. She remembers getting clothes-lined in her first game, which she jokingly describes as a warm welcome to the sport she loves.

Fast-forward to today, and Harnock now works the point for Team Canada, with a knack for dribbling and passing. She packs a solid shot and isn't afraid to drive to the basket. She worked her way up from local club ball to the provincial program before making the Sr. National Team in 2006.

The St. David Secondary School grad from Elmira, Ont. was named the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 1998. A year later she received the nod as Sr. Female Athlete of the Year.

Harnock graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 with a degree in English. She hopes one day that she can become a fiction author. She also wants to remain involved in wheelchair basketball by eventually becoming a coach.

Sports have always played a major role in Harnock’s life, and she is drawn to wheelchair basketball because of its competitive spirit. She is constantly learning new techniques and enjoys the challenge of the game. She always looks forward to games with rival teams, especially against our neighbours to the south, the USA.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2014 - Won Gold at the World Championship and named all-star in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)... 2014 - Received Stan Stronge Memorial Award from the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association… 2012 - 6th place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)… 2011 - 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Team Canada)... 2010 - 3rd place at World Championships in Birmingham, UK (Team Canada)… 2008 - 5th place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 2007 - 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)... 2006 - 1st place at World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Team Canada)…

PERSONAL

Attended the University of Alabama, where she completed a degree in English Literature.

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

2007 Rio de Janeiro Parapan American Games – Silver

2006 World Championships – Gold 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2007 Rio 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
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2