Tara Llanes was playing wheelchair tennis at the time when she met former Team Canada player, Amanda Yan, who encouraged her to try wheelchair basketball. At the same time, she was trying to improve her speed on the tennis court, and former Team Canada and Hall of Famer Richard “Bear” Peter said basketball would help.
She decided to try the sport out in 2016, and in two short years, Llanes was a force to be reckoned with on the hard court. Her aggressive style of play led her to be chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Hamburg, Germany. While Llanes enjoyed her time playing wheelchair tennis, she decided to go all in with wheelchair basketball in 2018 as she loved being a part of a team sport.
To Llanes, representing Canada is the pinnacle of playing in a high-level sport. While she was born in the United States, she considers Canada her home and is incredibly proud to represent this country.
Her role models include Marni Abbot-Peter, Richard Peter, and Joe Higgins—all who she has said are “selfless in making a difference in other people’s lives” and have been a tremendous help in her wheelchair basketball career.
A professional mountain biker for 15 years, Llanes travelled the world to compete, earning her a nomination for the 2018 BMX Hall of Fame. She continues to mountain bike and play tennis in her spare time.
- She was a professional mountain biker for 15 years travelling the world competing, and won X-Games Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze
- She was nominated for the 2018 BMX Hall of Fame
- She was a Singles and Doubles National Tennis Champion in 2017
Awards / Highlights
- In 2018, Llanes won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the Continental Clash in Sheffield, GB
Major International Competition
|World Championships: 1||0||0||0||5th (’18)|
|Year||GP||Min||M/G||Field Goals||3Pts||Free Throws||Rebounds||AS||TO||ST||BS||PF||FO||PTS||P/G|
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
|Club (domestic)||BC Royals/BC Breakers||British Columbia||2016-present|
2018: 4th place at the CWBL Women’s National Championships with the BC Breakers in Richmond, BC (domestic)…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: 4th place at the CWBL Women’s National Championships with the BC Breakers in Burlington, Ont.
2016: 4th place at the CWBL Women’s National Championships with the BC Breakers in Longueuil, Que.