Melanie Hawtin

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ont.
Resides: Oakville, Ont.
Birthday: 20-07-1988
Height: 4'8”
Occupation: Athlete
Club(s): Toronto Rollin Raptors Div II
Classification: 1.0

Biography

Melanie Hawtin was once on the fast track to a promising career as a wheelchair racer. A native of Oakville, Ont., Hawtin started racing as a child and quickly became a decorated athlete within the sport with hopes of representing Canada at the Paralympic Games.

That dream was put on hold after surgery forced her to take a hiatus from the track. It was during that hiatus that Hawtin started playing wheelchair basketball. She began competing with the Burlington Vipers club before going on to represent Ontario at the women’s national championship in 2013.

As a former competitive track athlete, speed is Hawtin’s greatest asset and she quickly outmanoeuvres her opponents up and down the basketball court.

She ultimately drew the attention of the National Team program and made the Senior Women’s National Team in 2014.

“It is a big honour to be able to get the chance to represent your country and to be able to work with the best athletes in the world,” says Hawtin.

When she is not training with the National Team, Hawtin is busy honing her skills at the wheelchair basketball National Academy in Toronto.

Off the basketball court, Hawtin spends time with family and has a genuine love for fashion.

Interesting Facts

  • Paralympic track star Chantal Petitclerc is one of her role models

Awards / Highlights

  • Recipient of the Sport Oakville Special Recognition Award (2015)
  • Recipient of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada True Sport Award (2015)
  • She competed in three world junior championships in track

Major International Competition

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Other
Paralympic Games: 1 0 0 0 5th (’16)
World Championships: 2 1 (’14) 0 0 5th (’18)

Statistics

Paralympic Games

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3 Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2016 6 122 20:27 3/6 50 0/0 0/0 0 4 4 0 4 2 0 5 0 6 1.0
TOTAL 6 122 20:27 3/6 50 0/0 0/0 0 4 4 0 4 2 0 5 0 6 1.0

 World Championships

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3 Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2018 8 272:55 34:06 0/4 0 0/0 1/2 50 6 8 14 0 5 0 0 14 7 1 0.1
2014 7 76 10:53 2/6 33 0/0 1/1 100 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 7 2 5 0.7
TOTAL 15 348:55 22:30 2/10 20 0/0 2/3 67 7 9 16 0 7 0 0 21 9 6 0.4


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 Canada (SWNT) Canada 2014-Present
Club (domestic) National Academy Canada 2013-Present
Club (domestic) Burlington Vipers Ontario 2012-Present

Career Notes

2018: 3rd place at Continental Clash in Sheffield, GB (Team Canada)…2nd place at the Lyon Competition in Lyon, France (Team Canada)…5th place at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (Team Canada)

2017: 1st place at Americas Cup in Cali Colombia (Team Canada)…

2016: 5th place at Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 4th place at Continental Clash in Worcester, Great Britain (Team Canada)… 4th place at Dutch Battle in Almere, Netherlands (Team Canada)… 4th place at Women’s International Friendly in Lake Placid, United States (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Women’s International Friendly Tournament in Colorado Springs, United States (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 5th place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Ontario in Longueuil, QC (domestic)…

2015: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 4th place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… 8th place at CWBL National Championship with the Burlington Vipers in Scarborough, Ont. (domestic)… Recipient of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada True Sport Award… Named Burlington Sport Alliance Parasport Athlete of the Year…

2014: 1st place at the World Championship in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 12th place at CWBL National Championship with the Burlington Vipers in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)… 5th place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Ontario in Richmond, B.C. (domestic)…

2013: 6th place at CWBL Women’s Championship with Team Ontario in Longueuil, Que. (domestic)…

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