Quick facts

Birthdate

September 23, 1989

Hometown

Etobicoke, ON

Residence

Etobicoke, ON

Sport

Wheelchair Basketball

Classification

1.5

Experience

Lima 2019

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

Tamara Steeves is a veteran presence on Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball team. She helped Canada to an undefeated performance at the 2024 Paralympic Games qualifier. At the end of 2023, at her third Parapan American Games, she was on Canada’s silver medal winning squad.

Steeves competed at her third Paralympics at Tokyo 2020 and her third world championships in 2023. Canada placed fifth at both competitions.

She averaged over 26 minutes over all five games on the floor in helping Canada to gold at the 2019 Parapan American Games and a berth in the Tokyo Paralympic Games. She tied for second in the free throw rankings, hitting 75 percent of her shots.

Steeves discovered wheelchair basketball in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the sport. She soon joined a local club team and dedicated countless hours to honing her skills on the court.

In 2011, she landed a roster spot on Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team. She followed up that feat with a silver medal performance at the 2011 Canada Games as a member of Team Ontario. She made her international debut with Team Canada at the 2011 Osaka Cup, where the squad captured a bronze medal.

Steeves landed a roster spot on the senior women’s national team the following year. As a rookie on the team, she competed at her first Paralympic Games in London, England in 2012. She also was on the team for Rio 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015, 2019, 2023 Parapan American Games… 2012, 2016, 2020 Paralympic Games…

PERSONAL

Her role models are her mother, her grandmother and Canadian icon Terry Fox.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2023 Parapan American Games 2nd
  • 2023 World Championships 5th
  • 2021 Paralympic Games 5th
  • 2019 Parapan American Games 1st
  • 2018 World Championships 5th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 5th
  • 2015 Parapan American Games – Silver
  • 2014 World Championships – Gold
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games – 6th
  • 2011 U25 Women’s World Championship – 4th