Nancy Lafleche is originally from Cornwall Ontario, attended school in Ottawa before moving the West Coast. She has been living in Vancouver since 1998. Lafleche was introduced to wheelchair basketball after an accident caused her to lose her left leg above the knee. Strong encouragement from Marni Abbott got Lafleche out to play and taught her the basics.
Growing up Lafleche was an avid volleyball player. Post accident Lafleche dreamt about playing sports again at competitive level. Once she was told she had the potential to play for the national team, Lafleche became inspired and decide to commit full time to training in 2006 and in May 2009 she was named to the national team.
Lafleche was drawn to wheelchair basketball since sport involves many people with a variety of physical abilities, especially enjoys that at the club level one competes with able body players. She remains passionate about the game due to exhilaration of competition and the challenge of playing in such a fast paced game.
Lafleche is a certified peer visitor through the Amputee Coalition of Canada. She volunteers her time to travel around BC to hospitals and homes to help newly amputees, to provide support and aid in transition to their new lifestyle. Lafleche`s role models are people who overcome adversity when all odds are against them. By being a peer visitor she hopes she can inspire others to resume an active life.
Lafleche is a passionate individual who is willing to try anything at least once. She is enjoys cooking, and can create a mean crock-pot meal. She has also recently fulfilled another dream by learning to play the guitar.
Her future plans involve moving and attending school for athletic therapy in Victoria while continuing to train for the team. She is interested in travelling, and just enjoying life for all it offers.
Interesting Facts about Nancy
- If she had $20 to spend, she would order ginger beef and spicy green beans at Chongqing on Broadway, and eat it while watching a scary movie and listening to the rain with her dog Chachi.
- Lafleche walked the Vancouver Sun Run (10km) to celebrate her first anniversary as an amputee.
- If she could have dinner with anyone, it would be Barack Obama and Dolly Parton…together.
|Bronze||2010||World Championships||Birmingham, UK|
|Gold||2010||BT Paralympic World Cup||Manchester, UK|
||Invitational Tournament||Ottawa, ON
||International Friendship Games
|Gold||2010||CWBL Women`s National Championships||BC Breakers|
|Bronze||2006||National Championships||British Columbia|
|Gold||2007||National Championships||British Columbia|
|Silver||2008||CWBL Finals||BC Breakers|