Arinn Young, a member of Canada’s 2014 world champion team, has always been passionate about basketball. When knee injuries prevented her from playing stand-up basketball in 2011, family friend and wheelchair basketball coach, Max MacMillan pushed Young to give wheelchair basketball a try.
Young was on fire at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima as Canada won the gold and qualified for the 2020 Paralympics. She was the tournament's top scorer averaging 24.4 points a game.
A strong player in stand-up ball, where she won over 15 MVP awards and two city championships, Young immediately fell in love with the wheelchair sport, describing it as more positive than the stand-up game. At home under the basket, she helped lead her club team, the Edmonton Inferno, to a Canadian Women’s Championship in 2013. Young loves the aggression of the game, which she says pumps her up.
First named as a full-time player to the Sr. National Team in 2014, Young says the opportunity to wear the Team Canada jersey means the world to her.
She helped Canada to fifth-place finishes at the 2018 World Championships (averaging 20.1 points a game) and 2016 Paralympic Games. The Canadian women qualified for Rio with a silver at the Parapan Am Games in 2015.