Wheelchair basketball


Toronto, ON


Wheelchair basketball was just one of the many sports that Puisand Lai’s parents signed her up for in 2013. Reluctant to go at first, Lai eventually fell in love with the intensity and thrill of wheelchair basketball.

Despite being the youngest member on the team in Lima, at just 19, she was busy at the Parapan American Games in 2019. She played in five games and averaged 31 minutes and 24 seconds of floor time.

Lai’s strengths lie in her speed and defensive play.

She was only 17 years old when she was named to the Canadian roster for the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. 

In 2017, she was a member of the national wheelchair tennis team. That year she was ranked No. 7 in the International Tennis Federation world rankings for girls' wheelchair tennis.  



Gold medal at 2019 Parapan American Games… Silver medal with Ontario at Canada Winter Games in 2019…  2018 World Championships. 


Diagnosed at age six with transverse myelitis, a rare neurological condition in which the spinal cord is inflamed…. Has a twin sister… Engineering student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont… Also participated in wheelchair tennis, Para ice hockey and adaptive sailing…


  • 2019 Parapan American Games 1st 
  • 2018 World Championships 5th   
Year Type
Host City
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 gold medals

1 gold medals