Quick facts

Birthdate

September 21, 1986

Birthplace

Tehran, Iran

Residence

Vancouver, BC

Sport

Goalball

Classification

N/A

Experience

Lima 2019

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

Maryam Salehizadeh made her Canadian debut at the 2019 Parapan Am Games helping her new homeland win the bronze medal.

She’s been on the team ever since, including three major events since then, the 2020 Paralympics Games, the 2022 World Championships and the 2023 Parapan American Games. At the Parapan Ams in Santiago, Salehizadeh and her teammates won the gold medal to qualify for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

Salehizadeh was born in Tehran, Iran. She was born visually impaired and began playing goalball at her high school in Tehran. Salehizadeh joined Iran’s first ever national women’s goalball team and played with the team for 10 years. In addition, she also coached high school goalball in Tehran for seven years. Salehizadeh was known to be one of the best athletes in Iran and was named “Best Offensive” player at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Para Games.

Salehizadeh has always had a burning desire to compete in goalball at the highest level internationally, however living in Iran made that dream impossible. In 2016, Salehizadeh made the decision to pursue her athletic desires and immigrate to Vancouver, Canada as a refugee. In 2019 she became a permanent resident of Canada allowing her to join the Canadian women’s goalball team.

Salehizadeh has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports management from the University of Tehran.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2020 Paralympic Games… 2022 World Championships… 2019 (bronze), 2023 (gold)  Parapan Am Games…

PERSONAL

Speaks Farsi… Has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports management from Tehran University…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 Parapan American Games 1st

2022 World Championships 4th

2021 Paralympic Games 9th

2019 Parapan American Games 3rd