Resides: West Vancouver, BCBirthplace: North Vancouver, BCBorn: August 26, 1977Height: 6'0"Occupation: Athlete
Club: BC Breakers, Trier Dolphins (Germany)Coach: Bill JohnsonNational Team: 2008-PresentBegan Wheelchair Basketball: 2006Classification: 4.5
Janet McLachlan has always been a very good basketball player. She played for the University of Victoria Vikes from 1995 to 2000, winning the national university championships in 1998 and 2000. She also represented Canada at the 2001 Beijing Student Games.
She also played rugby at an elite level and attended try-outs for Team Canada. Her introduction to wheelchair basketball came after sustaining an injury to her knee while playing rugby for the British Columbia provincial team. A bad tackle left her knee in a mangled state. The injury 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 her knee, and thus began McLachlan’s wheelchair basketball career.
McLachlan began competing in wheelchair basketball in 2006. She has been a member of the national team since 2008 and participated in the Beijing Paralympics. A natural athlete, McLachlan was thrilled to be able continue playing the sport she loves in a new and challenging way.
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 where she helped the Crimson Tide to win back-to-back Championships in 2009 and 2010. It is one of five schools in the U.S. that has a competing women’s wheelchair basketball team.
In 2010 she joined the Trier Dolphins, a semi-professional wheelchair basketball team in Germany, along with fellow Team Canada member Tara Feser.
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
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)…