Birthdate

Sport(s)

Sitting Volleyball

Hometown

Neerlandia, AB

Classification

Heidi Peters wears number 11 and plays the position of attacker for the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team. In February 2020 she helped Team Canada secure a spot for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo by leading the team in scoring and winning gold at the World ParaVolley final Paralympic qualification tournament in Halifax. 

Peters has been a member of the team since 2013. She attended the 2019 and 2015 Parapan Am Games, 2018 world championships, 2017 ParaVolley Pan Am Zonal Championship, 2016 Paralympic Games and 2016 Intercontinental Cup.

In 2015 at the Toronto Parapan Am Games, Canada won bronze earning a berth for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio; the first time in history a Canadian sitting volleyball team qualified for the Paralympic Games. 

Peters has always been an avid volleyball player. As a teenager she played standing volleyball for Barrhead Composite High School in Barrhead, AB. In September of her grade 12 year Peters was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left leg. She missed her grade 12 year to undergo chemotherapy. Despite treatment the cancer refused to leave, ultimately leading to the amputation of her leg. 

During Peters’ recovery at the Edmonton Children’s Hospital, Jolan Wong (current sitting volleyball teammate) happened to be volunteering at the hospital. Just like Peters, Wong was a volleyball player who lost her leg to cancer at a young age. At the time, Wong was a member of the women’s sitting volleyball team. When Wong heard that Peters was also a volleyball player, she introduced herself and told Peters about the opportunity she could have playing sitting volleyball. One year later in 2013, Peters tried out and made the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team. 

Along with volleyball Peters has a passion for photography and travel. She has a diploma in photographic technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a diploma in travel from Macewan University. She enjoys the challenge of truly capturing a person in an image and views photography as her main creative outlet. Her work can be found on her website at www.heidiamanda.com. 

In addition, Peters works at Transat Travel as a travel agent. She loves aiding people with their travel arrangements and has visited over 10 countries herself.

Peters is also currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Macewan University with the hopes of either doing her master’s in counselling or going to law school. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gold medal at the 2020 World ParaVolley qualifier tournament for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo… Lead scorer for the 2020 and 2016 Paralympic Games qualification games… Bronze medal at the 2019 and 2015 Parapan Am Games… Bronze medal at the 2017 ParaVolley Pan Am Zonal Championship... 
2018 World Championships… 2016 Paralympics… 2016 Intercontinental Cup… Has been a Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team member since 2013...

PERSONAL

Lives in Edmonton… Only child… Loves vinyl (Supertramp and The Eagles), chai, butter chicken, wind and watching hockey… Loves connecting and conversing with people… Photographer (Heidi Amanda Photography)… Travel Agent… Has visited over 10 countries… Currently taking her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Macewan University… In 2015 received diploma in photographic technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology… In 2017 received diploma in travel from Macewan University… Attended Barrhead Composite High School… Lost her left leg due to cancer at age 16… Has always been an avid volleyball player… Family originated from the Netherlands…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS 

2019 Parapan Am Games – 3rd   

2018 World Championships – 7th  

2016 Paralympic Games – 7th  

2015 Parapan Am Games – 3rd 
 

 

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 bronze medals

1 bronze medals

2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil