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Burnaby woman named to wheelchair basketball national team

Amanda Yan took up basketball after a snowboarding accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER FILE
Amanda Yan took up basketball after a snowboarding accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.
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Burnaby's Amanda Yan has been named to Canada's women's national wheelchair basketball team that will compete in the 2014 World Championships June 20-28 in Toronto.

Yan took up wheelchair basketball after she broke her back in a snowboarding accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was a member of the BC Breakers team that won a national championship in 2012.

Her play in that tournament got the attention of the national team coaches, who invited her to a selection camp in January, 2013. Yan made the cut, becoming only the second player to be named to the national squad on her first tryout.

"The selection process was made challenging by the outstanding group of athletes in attendance," said head coach Bill Johnson of selecting the players who will look to improve on Canada's bronze medal at the last world championship in 2010. Hopefuls were put through their paces at a week long selection camp at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

 

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