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  • Janet McLachlan  

    Resides: West Vancouver, B.C.
    Birthplace: North Vancouver, B.C.
    Born: August 26, 1977
    Height: 6'0"
    Occupation: Athlete

     

    Club: BC Breakers, Trier Dolphins (Germany)
    Coach: Bill Johnson, Marni Abbott-Peter
    National Team: 2008-Present
    Began Wheelchair Basketball: 2006
    Classification: 4.5

    BiographyJanet McLachlan

    Janet McLachlan has always been a talent on the basketball court. She played basketball for the University of Victoria Vikes for five seasons, winning two national championships in 1998 and 2000. She also represented Canada at the 2001 Beijing Student Games.

    A versatile athlete, McLachlan also played rugby at an elite level and attended tryouts for the Canadian national team. Her rugby career was cut short after sustaining a knee injury while competing for the British Columbia provincial team, which prevented her from making Canada’s national squad for the 2006 World Cup. A rugby teammate suggested she try wheelchair sports to stay in shape while recovering from her injury, which led McLachlan to discover wheelchair basketball.

    McLachlan began competing in wheelchair basketball in 2006 and was thrilled to be able continue playing the sport she loves in a new and challenging way. She made the national team in 2008 and competed for Team Canada at the Paralympic Games that same year. She has since developed into one of the best female wheelchair basketball players in the world and is a dominant point producer and rebounder.

    In 2014, McLachlan and her Canadian teammates became world champions on home soil after capturing the gold medal at the women's world championship in Toronto, Ont. She also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the world championship in 2010.

    McLachlan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. She attended the University of Alabama where she began a degree in interior design and discovered a love for the structural, spatial aspects of the discipline. In particular, she really enjoys residential design and looking at such things as accessibility and longevity. The University of Alabama offered her a chance to train in wheelchair basketball during the winter and she helped the Crimson Tide win back-to-back national championships in 2009 and 2010.

    After completing her career at the University of Alabama, McLachlan joined the Trier Dolphins, a semi-professional wheelchair basketball team in Germany. 

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  • Interesting Facts

    • Won first place in the Stanley Park Open wheelchair tennis tournament in the women’s singles division (2013)
    • Played Rugby with Team Canada A & B squads (2002-2005)
    • Participated in Beijing Student Games with Canadian Women’s Student Basketball Team (2001)
    • Played basketball for the University of Victoria Vikes (1995-2000) and own CIAU Championships in (1998/2000)
    • She comes from an athletic family: her mother won both the Canadian over-65 singles and over-65 doubles tennis championships (2009) and has represented Canada at the World Senior Tennis Championships; her father played football for the University of British Columbia and was drafted to play in the CFL; he also played rugby at the provincial level for BC and New Zealand.

    Awards / Highlights

    • Named to the tournament all-star team at the 2014 Women's World Championship; led all players in rebounding and finished second in overall scoring and third in average points per game
    • Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
    • Led all players at the 2012 Paralympic Games in points scored and rebounds
    • Named tournament MVP at the CWBL Women’s National Championships (2010, 2012, 2014)
    • Medal-bearer for a leg of the Rick Hansen 25th anniversary Man in Motion World Tour
    • Named to the 2012 Osaka Cup tournament all-star team
    • Nominated for 2011 Sportswoman of the Year in the region of Trier, Germany
    • Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year (2011, 2013)
    • Named Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Female Athlete of the Year (2014)
    • Won back-to-back National Championships with the University of Alabama and named 2010 MVP
    • Led all players at the 2010 World Championships in scoring and rebounding – (7 double-doubles in 7 games)
    • BC Wheelchair Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2009)

    Major International Competition

    Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Other
    # of Paralympic Games competed in: 2 0 0 0 5th ('08), 6th ('12)
    # of World Championships competed in: 2 1 ('14) 0 1 ('10) -

     

    Statistics

    Paralympic Games

    Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
    M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
    2012 7 221 31:38 76/134 57 0/5 0 30/42 71 21 96 117 13 12 8 6 19 39 182 26.0
    2008 7 79 11:19 27/51 53 1/3 33 3/5 60 10 29 39 1 3 6 1 8 6 58 8.3
    TOTAL 14 300 21:29 103/185 56 1/8 13 33/47 70 31 125 156 14 15 14 7 27 45 240 17.1


    World Championships

    Year GP Min M/G Field Goals  3Pts Free Throws  Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO  PTS P/G
    M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
    2010 7 231 33:00 75/145 52 1/14 7 24/30 80 20 103 123 24 27 12 8 18 36 175 25.0
    2014 8 293 36:34 76/129 59 3/8 38 17/24 71 19 114 133 29 25 12 2 17 24 172 21.5
    TOTAL 15 524 34:55 151/274 55   4/22 18   41/54 76   39 217 256 53 52 24 10 35 60 347 23.1


    Legend
    : GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes; M/G = Minutes per Game; M/A = Made / Attempted; OR = Offensive Rebounds; DR = Defensive Rebounds; TOT = Total; AS = Assists; TO = Turn Overs; ST = Steals; BS = Blocked Shots; PF = Personal Foul; FO = Foul On; PTS = Points; P/G = Points per Game

    Competitive Experience

    Level Team Location Year(s)
    International Team Canada (Sr. Women) Canada 2008-Present
    Club (semi-pro) Trier Dolphins Germany 2010-Present
    Club (domestic) BC Breakers British Columbia 2006-Present
    Club (domestic) University of Alabama Alabama (USA) 2008-2010

     

    Career Notes

    2014: 1st place at the World Championship and named all-star in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)... 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 1st place at CWBL Women's National Championship with the BC Breakers & named MVP in Richmond, B.C. (domestic)...

    2013: Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year…

    2012: 6th place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)... 2nd place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)... 1st place at CWBL Women’s National Championships with BC Breakers & named MVP in Richmond, BC (domestic)… 3rd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, Alabama (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Papendal Tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands (Team Canada)...

    2011: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Team Canada)... 3rd place at 2011 Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… 4th place at BT Paralympic Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year…

    2010: 3rd place at World Championships in Manchester, UK – led tournament in scoring and rebounding (7 double-doubles in 7 games) (Team Canada)… 1st place at 2010 BT Paralympic Cup in Manchester, UK – led Canada with 24 ppg and 16 rpg (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in USA (domestic)... Named MVP at Pioneer Classic with the University of Alabama (domestic)… 1st place at CWBL Women’s National Championships with BC Breakers & named MVP in Saskatoon, SK (domestic)… 3rd place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… competed at North American Cup in Birmingham, Alabama (Team Canada)…

    2009: 4th place at Invitational Tournament in Ottawa, Canada (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in USA (domestic)... Named BC Wheelchair Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (domestic)…

    2008: 5th place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 3rd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, Alabama (Team Canada)… 1st place at 2008 CWBL Open Finals and named all star with CIVA (domestic)… 1st place at National Championships and named all star with Team BC (domestic)…



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