Before she was injured in a diving accident, Miranda Biletski swam and played water polo competitively. While she was in a rehabilitation hospital after her accident, she saw the documentary “Murderball,” which had just been released. Biletski was hooked right there.
She made her Team Canada debut at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and made the team again for the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Though she was selected to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games team, she was unable to compete due to injury.
Biletski is currently the only woman on Team Canada and is one of only a handful of women to play the sport at an elite level worldwide. At the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, she became the first woman to play in a gold medal game at a World Championships. Now, she’s training hard for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she hopes to become the first woman to win a Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair rugby.
This year, Biletski traded the Saskatchewan cold weather for balmy Victoria. She attended Camosun College and has just transferred to the University of Victoria, where she plans to attain a BA in Health and Recreation.
Biletski’s two career highlights are competing in front of family and friends at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and winning silver at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Though she was won several awards, she prefers to focus on her team’s results rather than her own personal accomplishments.
Biltetski has a supportive group of friends and family who travel great lengths to cheer her on. She also has two four-legged supporters: her dogs Sadie and Max. Biletski enjoys inappropriate jokes, pierogis, cabbage rolls and feeding the fat seals who live near her house.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2014 World Championships 2nd
2010 World Championships 5th
2016 Rio Paralympics
Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed