by Morinville News Staff
An 18-year-old Legal athlete is continuing her successful career six months after helping to take gold in the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. Arinn Young, who graduated from Morinville Community High School last summer, was named to the national team earlier this year and was just selected as one of 12 athletes named to the 2015 Canadian Senior Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Young’s team will be nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee to compete at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in the hopes of a top three finish that would let them qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games.
The roster includes 10 returning members, including Young, who captured gold earlier this year.
“We are very excited with the group of athletes we have selected and feel we have a great dynamic within the team,” said Team Canada Head Coach Bill Johnson in a news release. “Building off the momentum of winning the world championship in 2014, we are ready to embrace the challenge of competing at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and achieving our ultimate goal of qualifying for Rio 2016.”
Young is the only Alberta athlete among the dozen. She is joined by Cindy Ouellet (Quebec, Que.), Darda Sales (London, Ont.), Elaine Allard (St-Eustache, Que.), Erica Gavel (Prince Albert, Sask.), Jamey Jewells (Donkin, N.S.), Janet McLachlan (Vancouver, B.C.) , Katie Harnock (Elmira, Ont.), Maude Jacques (Lac-Beauport, Que.), Melanie Hawtin (Oakville, Ont.), Rosalie Lalonde (St-Clet, Que.), Tracey Ferguson (Richmond Hill, Ont.).
The Parapan American Games run from Aug. 7 to 15 at the Ryerson Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.
Prior to the event Young and her team will compete at an international friendly tournament from Feb. 11 to 14 in Osaka, Japan.